National Spelling Bee grand finale set for Saturday 4 June

The grand finale for the National Spelling Bee competition which started in December last year is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday 4th June, 2016.

Learners taking part in spell master

Learners taking part in spell master

The event will take place at the Mont Soche Hotel in the Commercial City of Blantyre.

The competition started with over 700 school going children from all over Malawi.

According to Lewis Mbaula Co-Founder and Coordinator of African Bee, about32 students from 21 different schools across the country will outclass each other as they brave the audience by spelling out some of the most difficult English words.

The participants will battle it out to partake prizes worth K2 million through sponsorship from Sunbird Hotels and A1 Biscuits.

Apart from the monetary prizes,  top three students will represent Malawi at the first ever African International Spelling Bee in Johannesburg South Africa scheduled for July 16th, 2016.

The students shall also be awarded trophies, text books from National Library service, certificates and exercise books from Fattan Offset Printers as well as hampers from A1 Biscuits.

The finalists will be required to spell three rounds of words each before getting to the champion – knockout word list that would finally give the Chief Pronouncer, Mr Victor Chikoti who is also a Language Specialist and Consultant at the University of Malawi, to crown the champion of the day.

Northern region will be reprented by Ekwendeni Girls secondary school, Luwinga secondary school, St Peters Secondary school , Hilltop primary School, Jerusalem primary school, Lunyang’wa primary school all from Mzuzu and Kasasa primary school of Nkhotakota.

The central region is being represented by SOS primary school , Lilongwe Christian primary school, Mphanje Primarey school, Kapita CCAP primary school, Bwaila secondary school, Darlo Girls secondary school and Atsikana Pa Ulendo Girls Secondary School.

Representing the southern region are students from Blantyre Baptist primary school, Young Ambassadors, Bedir Girls Secondary School, Maranatha International Academy, Blantyre Baptist Academy and St Patrick’s International Academy.

At the heart of the spelling bee is the desire to enhance the reading culture, build vocabulary, build confidence, encourage public speaking and give educational exposure to children aged between Six and 16.

The spelling bee is organized by Spell Master Educational Communications (SMECO), with technical support from the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services under Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology (MoEST) and produced by First Dawn Arts with broadcasting partnership with Zodiak TV and radio.

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