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Spelling Bee season2 goes national

The second season of The Spelling Bee, a competition targeted at primary school students between ages 8 and 14, which was piloted in Osun state, is being opened up to more States across Nigeria

The Spelling Bee is a competition designed to inculcate the basic imperatives of effective communication, ultimately impacting improved spelling skills, development of poise, increase students’ vocabulary, pronunciation and accurate word usage.

According to Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation, organisers of The Spelling Bee, “We are very pleased with the overwhelmingly successful implementation of The Spelling Bee in Osun State, where the eventual winner was rewarded with an all expense-paid trip to the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee of the USA, as a guest.  We remain grateful to the State of Osun and the office of SCARF for welcoming this educational programme into Nigeria.”

The Spelling Bee is a competition run by Young Educators Foundation, an NGO that promotes literacy and education, and franchise holders of Scripps National Spelling Bee, USA for Ghana.  Ghana is the only African country to participate in Scripps National Spelling National Bee in partnership with PDR Media Service Nigeria and Business Interactive Consulting International.

The major objectives of The Spelling Bee in Nigeria includes encouraging students to improve on their knowledge and application of the rules guiding the use of English Language states, said Mr. Emmanuel Afful, Linguistics Certified and Lead Trainer of The Spelling Bee. The second season of The Spelling Bee in Nigeria, which is being opened up to all sates in the country, starts November 2014 with a call for enrollment of schools. The maximum number of schools per state is 25. Selected teachers from these schools will undergo a one-week training to be led by Linguistics trained officials from Ghana.  After this, the teachers are expected to impart their newly acquired skills onto their students.

The national competition will kick off April 2015.


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