By Cherno Omar Bobb
TAKE-M Transformation Organisation, a local group charged with organizing a National Spelling Bee competition for lower basic schools, last Saturday launched its African Nations Current Affairs competition initiated to help children know about their heritage and culture.
The launch took place at QCity in Bijilo during the finals of the national spelling bee competition for lower basic schools. The schools sent their representatives who were being trained on different cultures across the continent.
Speaking at the launch, Isatou Sowe of the National Library of The Gambia explained that each student would choose a country and learn everything about it and during the African Nations Current Affairs competition, they would wear that country’s outfit and present about it.
She added that they initiated the competition because ‘our children’s lifestyles have been diverted with most of them now wearing clothes that are not African.’
She noted that the competition would show the world the true Africa and not the negative aspects shown to the world. “We have a lot to be proud of than what is been portrayed”, she said. “Africa also knows peace and not only wars”.
Ebrima Ceesay, senior communications officer at theCentral Bank of The Gambia said Africa is the richest continent on earth but also has the poorest people. He said the African Nations Current Affairs initiative will help children go round Africa and study what is available to have the vision and will as future leaders.He adds that Africa needs the political will to be able to move the continent to another level.
Tunde Muyi Ogundimu, CEO of TAKE-M Transformation Organisation said the competition is expected to commence early next year. He said TAKE-M spelling bee competition is aimed at helping lower basic school students achieve competency at grade 4 reading and spelling levels with the aim of improving matric pass rates and further help them better prepare for tertiary education and later employment.
The 2020 national spelling bee competition was won by Isatou Komma, a student of Anne Marie JavouheyAcademy, and she received a trophy and cash prize of D10, 000.
Abubacarr Sambou, a student of Swallow Education Center for Emancipation finished as first runner up and he received D7000.
Fanta T. Tamba, a student of Presentation of Mary Lower Basic School emerged as the second runner up and was warded with a cash prize D5000.
Over the years, the Spelling Bee competition has grown into a massive event that every student in the country looked forward to participating. It is dubbed as the most successful, credible and challenging regional and national competition for lower basic schools in the country.
The purpose of the Spelling Bee competition is to engage participants with an energetic and informative program of young students and to facilitate networking and business opportunities through an interactive exhibition and a dynamic programme for education and social events.