Ver­nac­u­lar added to spelling con­test

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

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.

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