Vernacular added to spelling contest
LEARNING to speak in their mother tongue is key to a child’s overall development and benefits pupils in many ways.
From their mother tongue children can connect to their culture which then ensures better cognitive development and aids in the learning of other languages.
To enhance this skill, De Aar Solar Power, a clean energy organisation, recently sponsored a spelling bee that included vernacular languages in its annual event at the Kareeville Primary School.
The spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty.
These competitions are recognised as offering a range of benefits from higher confidence to better vocabulary.
“Afrikaans, Setswana and Xhosa are now included in our spelling bee, making it more accessible for many of the pupils from De Aar, Hanover and Britstown,” economic development director of De Aar Solar Power, Hlengiwe Radebe, said.
The top 30 spellers had participated in the spelling bee on Saturday.
Forming part of the organisation’s literacy programme, the spelling bee tests reading, not memory, so pupils were advised to prepare for these types of events by increasing their reading and understanding of how words are constructed and how letter sounds work together.
First prize was handed to Emmanuel Stuurman, from Kareeville Primary School, who took the title home with the winning word “astounding”.
The second and third places were awarded to Siyambulela Ngcongco from Emthanjeni Primary School and Brandonlee Seekoei from Hanover Primary School.
These types of competitions not only provide a valuable educational experience for the participating pupils, but also allows them to engage in healthy competition.
“It is important that our pupils have the opportunity to learn and compete in a supportive environment and gain skills such as improved memory and the art of presenting in public,” Radebe said.