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Ugandan Child wins African Spelling Bee

Team Uganda has emerged winners at the just concluded second African Spelling Bee held on December 16, 2017 in South Africa, winning a pack of goodies, money and a 25% scholarship from Monash South Africa, one of the top 100 Universities in the World.

Promise Kitara, 13, a pupil of Tororo Parents Primary School in Tororo led the way by emerging best Speller in the Junior Category of the African Spelling Bee and Team Uganda which was made up of Promise Kitara, Angela Aisu of Hillside Primary School and Timothy Ninsiima from Masindi Army Day Primary School was the second team overall.

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These 3 were the top Spellers of the 2016 Uganda National Spelling Bee organised by enjuba. enjuba is a catalytic children’s education organization focused on improving learning outcomes and helping children develop key life skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking through teacher trainings that empower and equip teachers with the tools they need to be effective, reading initiatives – where we publish beautifully illustrated locally relevant children books, helping children learn to read so they can self teach, and spelling bees that start at classroom level, helping children learn new words and concepts, their meanings and how to use these words in everyday life.

The African Spelling Bee brought together children - Champions from National Spelling Bees of 10 African Countries including Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa to compete for the African Championship.

The African Spelling Bee is a Pan African education organisation with a vision of celebrating the African Child, inspiring them to be literate and creating a platform for them to connect with other children from the continent and build their confidence and self esteem. The African Spelling Bee through her member countries has reached and impacted over 10 million learners across the continent.

As part of the African Spelling Bee all children had a tour of the caves Sterkfontein where they learnt key words that were in the competition. They also toured the museum at the Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng in Gauteng.

The 3rd African Spelling Bee will be held in Mombasa, Kenya in 2018.