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Nine to star for Malawi in African Spelling Bee

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Nine learners will represent the country in the junior and senior categories in the African Spelling Bee competition to be held in the country for the first time at Golden Peacock in Blantyre from December 6 to 11 2022.

The junior contestants include Yobu Mandala from Kasangu Primary School in Dowa, Miracle Labeka from Diversity Academy in Chikwawa, Abdul Chikalongwe from Puteya Primary School in Machinga and Limbani Leckson from Chinguluwe Primary School in Salima.

The senior category will feature Adella Flao from Atsikana Pa Ulendo Secondary School, Janice Dulanya from Sir Harry International High School in Zomba and Owen Saukira from Zomba Urban Secondary School.

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The African Spelling Bee senior champion is expected to travel to the United States of America (USA) courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee of USA. The prize includes airfare and accommodation for the champion and one parent.

Malawi National Spelling Bee founder Lewis Mbaula has said that the country’s nine representatives in the African Spelling Bee competition will go into camp to prepare for the contest set to feature 18 countries including Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya.

“World Vision Malawi is sending the nine contestants into a one-week coaching camp in Blantyre,” Mbaula said.

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He hailed the government through Ministry of Education and other partners such as World Vision Malawi for supporting the competition where learners compete in spelling out words.

“Having supported the Malawi National Spelling Bee which is doing wonders in terms of promoting reading and writing culture, the government and World Vision is also supporting the African Spelling Bee. In 2019, World Vision Malawi also sent three learners to participate in the African Spelling Bee in Uganda,” Mbaula said.

African Spelling Bee was first hosted in South Africa in 2016 and then 2017 before moving to Kenya in 2018 and then Uganda in 2019.

The contest returns this year following a two-year break due to Covid .

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