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Improving literacy and developing key life skills
The Spelling Bee is an annual spelling competition for primary school children with the aim of improving literacy, unlocking the children’s imagination and developing key life skills. It is conducted in both local languages for P.3 pupils and English and Sign Language for P.4-P.7 pupils. It helps ignite the children’s curiosity to read and inspire them to stay in school longer as well as transform them into change agents and credible leaders.
We believe that words change the world, and the Spelling Bee helps children learn new words, their meanings and how to use them in sentences. This enables them to understand concepts better, pass exams and stay in school longer.
Why Spelling Bee
18,700,000 (52%) of Uganda's 36 million people are children below the age of 15 - the future belongs to them. Unfortunately, 71% of them are not finishing primary school in time. This is caused by, among other reasons, low competence, low literacy rates and lack of interest. In fact, Uganda is ranked lowest in the region in literacy according to a Uwezo 2012 report.
We believe that successful people are confident, and have the right set of life skills. The Spelling Bee was created to enable children improve their literacy, and develop key life skills. We believe this will not only motivate them to complete school but also transform them into change agents and credible leaders.
We let the results speak for themselves.
The number of pupils reached in 800 Schools across the country
The number of teachers trained in instructional methodologies.
The percentage improvement in literacy for participating pupils.
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Tororo Parents Beats City Schools
Tororo Parents primary school beats over 600 schools to become the National Spelling Bee champion for the second year running. The Spelling Bee was set up to help children improve their literacy and develop key social skills like confidence, presentation, team work and critical thinking. Read more...
Spelling Bee in Daily Monitor
It has been proved that someone from the remote villages can successfully challenge the urbanites. And the proof was presented at the weekend when schools from the districts of eastern and western Uganda defeated Kampala-based schools at the climax of the 2015 National Spelling Bee competition...Read more
Spelling Bee in New Vision
DEAR Day at Budo Junior School
This is the coverage of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Day activities at Budo Junior School as it appeared on Urban TV. The school organised several activities such as news reading, skits and reciting of stories to mark the DEAR Day. There were about 1100 students and 50 staff present.
Spelling Bee on Bloomberg TV
This coverage that appeared on Bloomberg TV Africa's Trends. It covers our local language version of the Spelling Bee (My Language Spelling Bee). It features pupils spelling in the local language and Bloomberg gets some expert interview on the importance of teaching and Spelling in local language and the impact it has on literacy
Spelling Bee on Urban TV
Just before our second season of the Spelling Bee, Urban TV invited some of our previous participants to take on their morning show presenters. The results wowed us, as the children, from different schools, who had not been peeped before hand, exhibited such confidence and articulation. This was a validation that what we are doing was actually having real impact on these children, helping them improve their literacy and develop key life skills such as confidence
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