“Together the Spelling Bee organisations have run national competitions impacting well over 7 million young people,” says African Spelling Bee Convenor Roger Dickinson. “Research has shown that learning to spell and read rely on much of the same underlying knowledge and equip learners with a sound educational grounding.”
Other participating countries include Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The spelling bee will be hosted by South Africa at the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng in Gauteng on Saturday 16 December 2017.
“It’s exciting to have 13 African countries participating and we look forward to that number increasing in the years to come,” Dickinson says.
The participants were told to prepare for the competition by reading, among other texts, the founding document of the African Union and former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s I am an African speech. The participants will also tour the Maropeng site and the Sterkfontein caves. Words from these tours and prescribed reading will be tested in the competition.
“This will be our 14th youth spelling competition scholarship and second bursary for the winner of the African Spelling Bee and we are pleased to continue this support of promising young learners,” says Prof Alwyn Louw, President of Monash South Africa.
In addition to the scholarship, the champion will also walk away with a cash prize.