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SpelQuizBee goes to Katima

Sun, 9 September 2012 18:56
by Memory Tjimbundu


The second last recording for season two of the National High Schools Spelling and Quiz competition (SpelQuizBee) is set to take place this Thursday and Friday in Katima Mulilo at L. A Hall.
About 40 schools from the North Eastern Zone of the Kavango and Caprivi regions are expected to participate and the two best schools from the cluster will be selected from the quiz category and four spellers (learners); two of which will be in the senior category and two from the junior, to go to the finals.
SpelQuizBee project manager, Marizaan Bock said schools from all regions have participated in the competition except the Erongo, Caprivi and Kavango who will compete within the next two weeks.
Bock further said that the spelling and quiz competition is committed to seeing positive results within the education sector by improving the reading culture and upgrading of the formal secondary education system.  
“Spelling and quiz bees help to promote literacy by providing children with a positive goal to work towards and give them a forum to display the fruits of their hard work. But they also do much more. In addition to improving spelling, the bees also aid children in learning concepts, improving comprehension and developing study skills,” she says.
This year’s finals will be on the 2nd of November.
About 150 learners and teachers out of 170 schools that participated country-wide are due to compete for the top honours at the finals.
Bock says that SpelQuizBee has a tremendous impact on education; it provides both a worthwhile educational experience and a notable adrenaline rush not only for students but for adults who follow it on NBC. The program is broadcast every Thursday at 17H00 and repeated every Saturday at 08H00.
According to Bock, there has been a lot of improvement in most learners’ progress, especially those who participated last year, “We have seen learners who took part in the competition last year become much more determined to win this year, they have improved. They know what is expected of them. We will be in Erongo next week on September 20 and 21 at Kuiseb Hall. Parents and those that are not participating can also come and watch the fun. ”