The African Spelling Bee was established in 2016 by separate spelling bee organizations from all over the African continent. The first ever African Spelling Bee was held in the same year in Johannesburg, South Africa. A total of 27 champions from the 10 or so participating African countries came together at this event.
This initiative was undertaken to help African school children learn better. The ultimate goal of this was to achieve the overall development of their youth and shape them as citizens who can pass on certain values to the society.
According to the authorities, this spelling bee program has gone on to impact over 10 million learners across Africa.
At present, there are 18 countries involved with the African Spelling Bee. These spelling bees and their respective countries are listed below:
- Benin: BENIN BEE
- Botswana: SPELLING BEE BOTSWANA
- Ethiopia: ETHIOPIAN SPELLING BEE
- Ghana: NATIONAL HARD SPELL AND QUIZ CONTEST
- Kenya: KENYA NATIONAL SPELLING BEE
- Lesotho: THE ROYAL SPELLING BEE
- Liberia: YOCEL
- Malawi: NATIONAL SPELL MASTER SPELLING BEE
- Nigeria: NIGERIA SPELLING BEE
- Rwanda: BRAIN TEASERS RWANDA
- South Africa: MZANSI SPELLING BEE and SPELL IT SOUTH AFRICA
- Tanzania: TANZANIAN SPELLING BEE
- Uganda: UGANDA SPELLING BEE
- Zimbabwe: ZIMBABWE SPELLING BEE
Besides the ones in the list, Zambia, Tunisia, Gambia, and Sierra Leon also organize spelling bee contests in association with the African Bee.
African Spelling Bee Grand Prize
The champion will receive a full undergraduate scholarship worth $20,000 at Monash South Africa. Apart from that, the winner and other position holders will be getting exciting gift hampers.
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