- Written by by Queen Munguti for Kenyakidz
Three Kenyan primary schools spelling bee champions will represent the country at the African Spelling Bee Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The spelling bee which was organized by the Kenya National Spelling Bee (KNSB), started in January this year. The winners of the spelling bee all came from the Nairobi County. They include; Abigael Simiyu of St Mary’s Ruaraka School who came first in the competition, Paul Mwangi of Bondeni Primary School who came in second and Elma Wanjiku of St Mary’s Ruaraka School who was third. Their respective English teachers will also travel with them.
The main aim of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage. It was also to enrich the learning experience of the school children through growth in English vocabulary, public speaking and self-confidence.
The spelling bee winners will travel to South Africa on 10th, July 2016 and will return on 17th, July 2016. It will be the inaugural of the championships in Africa, which will be hosted by Spellit South Africa and the South Africa Ministry of Arts and Cultrure.
Other than Kenya, there will be other spelling bee champions from different countries which include; South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Benin, Morocco, and Nigeria among others.
Other than taking part in the spelling bee competition, the Kenyan Spelling Bee Champions will during their one week stay in South Africa visit several historical sites including Nelson Mandela’s home in Soweto, the Apartheid museum, Mandela Square, and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site among others.