Ahead of the 89th Scripps international Spelling Bee to be held in the USA, a 13 year-old female pupil, Efua Ansaa Manukure, from the Ridge Church School in Accra have emerged winner of the 9th edition of the Spelling Bee National finals held last weekend in Ghana.
The competition which is aimed at teaching students the proper and effective use of the English language is done among children aged 8 to 13 years.
Ghana is said to be the only African country which participated at the global level but the coordinators of the Spelling Bee have revealed plans to extend it to Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya in subsequent years to come.
According Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson, the Country Director of Young Education Foundation (YEF), the 10th edition of the competition will come with modifications in organization and preparation to improve the performance of the pupils.
Mrs. Eugenia also mentioned that YEF has commenced with organization of the competition in Nigeria and is looking forward to see a race between Ghana and Nigeria in the upcoming edition of the Spelling Bee competition.
Spelling Bee has been classified as a non-academic exercise which cannot be examined but Mrs. Tachie-Menson stated that research had proven that the competition develops the intellectual abilities of children as they learn through fun activities.
“The 10th edition will definitely be a special one and we are presently in Nigeria running the same competition so we are hoping for a Ghana/Nigeria spell off,” said Mrs. Eugenia.
Speaking to the press, Miss Efua Ansaa Manukure, winner of 9th edition of the Spelling Bee national finals, expressed gratitude to God for a dream come true adding that it was beyond her expectations.
Efua said this year’s contest was very challenging as other spellers gave her a tougher race but she was able to stand out because she learnt more root words.