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National Spelling Bee nears grand finale

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National Spelling Bee is approaching its grand finale, having run its regional finals at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu and Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe last Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

With the Central and Northern Regions already through with regional finals, the Southern region is next hosting its contest tomorrow at Golden Peacock in Blantyre where spellers from Mangochi, Ntcheu, Machinga, Mwanza, Neno, Blantyre Urban, Mulanje, Phalombe and Chikwawa will battle it out for a slot in the national finals.

The national finals are scheduled for Golden Peacock Hotel in Blantyre on July 2 2022.

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National Spelling Bee founder Lewis Mbaula said yesterday they were satisfied with progress of the competition and that they have seen an increase in participation.

Ministry of Education has since commended organisers of National Spelling Bee for the contest saying it has helped improve spelling skills in children and that many participants have gained courage.

“National Spelling Bee is instrumental in promoting children’s participation in literary activities which aim at improving reading culture, building vocabulary, confidence, public speaking and exposing learners to different aspects of life,” Director of Basic Education Grace Milner said.

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She hailed World Vision International and other players for investing in the spelling bee contest.

“Ministry of Education has noticed the positive strides this year, in terms of children’s improvement in their spelling skills, as compared to the same period last year.

World Vision International representative Mabvuto Kholowa has since praised learners for their bravery in spelling out difficult words.

Coming back to the regional finals in Mzuzu, the contest had primary and secondary school learners from World Vision area programmes of Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Mzuzu and Mzimba.

Nineteen spellers from rural schools where World Vision International works have made it through to the national finals, with eight spellers from Mzuzu city schools also making it to the national finals.

Thirteen spellers in the secondary school category, dominated by Ekwendeni Girls, made it to the national finals.

In the Central Region, 24 learners from rural primary schools, seven learners from secondary schools and 30 spellers from Lilongwe city primary schools made it to the national finals.

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