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National Spelling Bee kick-starts 2021 contest

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National Spelling Bee Malawi, which went on a long break due to Covid, is back.

The contest, which offers learners a chance to showcase their skills in vocabulary, started the 2021 edition last Tuesday in Dowa.

Co-founder of the competition Lewis Mbaula said Monday they were happy to roll-out this year’s race at Chisepo World Vision Zone where 30 learners from 10 primary schools participated.

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“We are glad to be back and the response in the first outing has been great. We were affected by Covid but now we are good to go. The contest in Dowa attracted learners from standard five to eight,” Mbaula said.

At the end of the contest, it was 12-year-old standard seven learner Dalitso Kamanga from Chisepo Primary who got all the words in the three rounds correct.

Kamanga’s wind of success reached his mother Christina, who came running from the tobacco field to celebrate with her son.

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“I am excited and happy that my son has done well. This is good news to me and I would like to thank National Spelling Bee for organising this competition in partnership with World Vision and Zodiak,” the mother, who is also a teacher by profession, said.

Mbaula said Kamanga was exceptional in that he got all the words correct with six learners excelling in the two rounds out of three while only seven performed well in the first round.

Kamanga and the other six learners have qualified for the Dowa Spelling Bee to take place on April 14.

“Kasungu, Mzimba, Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhata Bay and Mzuzu urban will hold their contest later this month,” Mbaula said.

National Spelling Bee Malawi has partnered Department of Inspection and Quality Assurance and Department of Basic Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology alongside World Vision and Zodiak to drive the competition.

Mbaula said National Spelling Bee Malawi which is a founding member of the African Spelling Bee which has 26 African countries as members, is ready for this year’s contest.

The competition according to Mbaula is for both rural and urban learners

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