The annual Uganda National Spelling Bee organized by enjuba is back for its fifth edition and it promises to even be bigger and better than last year’s competition.
The Spelling Bee is a spelling competition for children with the aim of helping them to learn new words and their meanings and how to use them in sentences.
The Spelling Bee helps children develop a love for reading; thereby strengthening Uganda’s reading culture.
It also helps them master 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
The Spelling Bee is conducted in local languages for Primary 3 pupils, and English and Sign Language for Primary 4-Primary 6 pupils.
The first four editions of the Spelling Bee reached over 1,000,000 pupils in 1,000 schools across Uganda.
2017 will see an additional 600 schools participating from all regions of the country. Spelling Bees will be conducted in English, Sign Language, Runyankole, Rukiga, Runyoro, Rutooro, Luganda, Lusoga, Acholi, Lugbarati, Leblango, Dhapadhola, and Ateso.
This year, enjuba is excited to announce that their programs have been expanded to include Karamoja.
Commenting on this year’s program, Aaron Kirunda, the Chief Executive at enjuba, said, “We believe that investing in children is the biggest and best investment any country can ever make, especially because more than half our population today is children and they are 100% unmistakably our future.
We are excited to be expanding our programs to far off districts such as Kaabong in Karamoja to make learning fun for children there and giving these young stars an opportunity to dream, aspire, and become the best they can be.”
Preparations for this year’s competition began in classrooms all over the country in the second term of the school year.
At the beginning of the third term, District and Regional Spelling Bee competitions will take place in Arua on 25th September, Gulu on 27th September, Lira on 28th September, Masindi on 29th September, and Kampala on 30th September.
Competitions will also be held in Kaabong on 2nd October, Bukedea on 3rd October, Masaka on 4th October, Kabale on 5th October, Bushenyi on 6th October, and Fort Portal on 7th October.
The National Spelling Bee Championship will take place in Kampala on 14th October, 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The winners of this year’s National Spelling Bee will take home a number of exciting prizes. They will also have the chance to represent Uganda at the 2018 African Spelling Bee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.