On Saturday, 26 October 2019 Afrika Tikkun hosed an annual academic competition – a Spelling Bee aimed at young people in their Child and Youth Development (CYD) programme aged seven to eighteen.
Amongst other interventions, the event serves to inspire learning and improve literacy. CEO of Afrika Tikkun Services, Onyi Nwaneri says, “Literacy is fundamental to learning. It is the foundation of education. When we teach children to read and write, we instil a love for learning and equip them with skills that will be used throughout their lives. We cannot stress enough the importance of literacy in a child’s development”.
In addition, the Spelling Bee encourages the development of a range of cognitive proficiencies including the ability to handle pressure, public speaking capabilities and knowledge retention. Beyond this, it develops self-confidence and aids young people in learning concepts and life skills.
Congratulations to the young winners of this year’s Spelling Bee:
- 7 – 9 years: Ntokozo Mtshali from Arekopaneng Centre in Orange Farm
- 10 – 12 years: Siyabonga Malazi from Uthando Centre in Braamfontein
- 13 – 15 years: Aviwe Makhaba from Arekopaneng Centre, Orange Farm
- 16 – 18 years: Katlego Fobane from Phutaditjaba Centre, Alexandra