Visually impaired students to take part in National Spelling Bee Competition

The organisers of the Malawi National Spelling Bee Competitition have announced that the preliminary round of the competition will commence with the Southern Region in the City of Blantyre and will be staged at the St Andrews High School on 26th November 2016.

Spell bee contenders
Spell bee contenders

Currently, registration of students and schools is in progress with over 50 schools and about 200 children anticipated to get on board.

For the first time in the history of the competition, eight visually impaired students from various schools in Blantyre have defied all odds and have already registered for the challenge.

According to the Executive Director of the National Spelling Bee-Malawi who is also Co-Founder of the African Spelling Bee Lewis Mbaula,  the season 5 of the Spelling Bee has registered the highest number of students from public schools compared to previous seasons.

After Blantyre, the preliminary round will then move to other regions starting with the Eastern Region with Zomba being the host on 27th November, 2016, Central Region in Lilongwe on 3rd December, 2016 and finally in the Northern Region in Mzuzu on 10th December, 2016 and the exact venues are to be announced later.

Mbaula encourages all those who haven’t yet registerer to get registered and start their preparations before registration closes on 18th November 2016.

He said this year’s competition will not be easy and promises to be highly competative hence the need for the students to study hard.

“The contest won’t be easy and the competition will be high amongst the students and I would encourage them to study hard, read more and wide to enhance their vocabulary” said Mbaula.

Last season,  two champions in the seniors category namely Vanessa Sherry and Jaqueline Malombe and the junior champion Pasha Kamenya represented Malawi at the inaugural Continental African Spelling Bee contest in Johannesburg, South Africa and was won by students from the host country.

They all went away with MK1 million each courtesy of Sunbird Hotels and A1 Biscuits.

The criteria of selecting students will be the same this time around as only the top three brilliant students from each participating country will fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to represent their respective countries in July 2017.

The spelling bees are organised by Spell Master Education Communications (SMECO) in partnership with the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technolog.

In Malawi, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) are the exclusive broadcasting partners.

This fast becoming famous continental Edu-tainment onitiative [African Spelling Bee] is a consortium of 10 Spelling Bee organisations from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa,Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Together, the countries have reached and impacted over 5 million learners across the continent through national spelling competitions, teacher trainings and reading interventions among other literacy interventions.

The grand prize is a fully paid under-graduate tuition scholarship to attend Monash in South Africa.

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