On 29th May 2014, Madam G’s Educational Programme, (MAGEP) a subsidiary of Sefwi Health Initiative organized a spelling bee competition among 14 schools which are under Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District (BABDA)and Wiawso Municipal in the Sefwi Region. The event came off at New Obrayeko Primary School.Each school was represented by a boy and a girl in order to promote gender equality and empower women.
Before the commencement of the event, Mr. Obeng Nyamekye, the headjudge for the event and a circuit supervisor spelt out the rules to everybody present. He explained that, contestants have only a chance to spell a word correctly and failing to do so automatically eliminates the candidate from the competition. He added that, for fairness to prevail a candidate will choose from a series of numbers and the word associated with it would be mentioned to the candidate to spell out.He wished the contestants the best of luck and said, ‘may the one that knows much carry the day’. Martha Awuah- Deputy director of education and Rockson Agyapong -Training Officer were part of the judges.
After series of rounds, both pupils from Akoti M/A Primary and Etwebo Primary school were eliminated. Boys from New Obrayeko Primary, Subiri Anglican Primary, Anyinasie M/A Primary, Chirano R/C Primary, Ntrentrenso Primary, Sorano Primary and St. Patrick Academy also failed to advance. During the next round, girls from Moving Star, New Obrayeko Primary, Chirano R/C Primary, Ntrentrenso Primary, Sorano Primary, Divine Preparatory and St. Patrick Academy were eliminated.
During the next phase of the competition, pupils from Chrisa Preparatory, Anyinasie Primary and Akaaso Primary failed to proceed to the next level. Emmanuel Armah- Divine preparatory, Lawrencia Armah-Subiri Anglican Primary, Paul Akroga and Naomi Elloin -Paboase Primary made it to the last round of the event.
At the end of the day, Emmanuel Armah was declared the victor for 2014 spelling bee competition whiles Naomi became the 1st Runner Up. Lawrencia Armah occupied the 3rd position and Paul was eliminated.
Dr. Alex Nana Djan- medical superintendent, Chirano Gold Mines Limited who spoke on behalf of the directress of Sefwi Health Initiative, Gisele Norris, explained that MAGEP has come to stay and promised that this event would be held annually. He added that, plans are underway to liaise up with MTN and Indomi in order to let the winner and subsequent winners join the national spelling bee as those organizations are sponsors of the event.
Fanta Yeye, a SHI Volunteer commended the organizers for holding such a programme and pleaded withMAGEP to advance to other areas within the two districts.
Mr. Obeng during his closing remarks congratulated the winners and told the contestant to understand that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. He added that they should take their studies seriously and if the winner happens to join the national spelling bee train he should hoist the flag of his school higher.
Miss Fintin, an officer at Ghana Education was the quiz mistress whiles Obed Kwabena Bangdome- technical officer, disease control unit served as the MC for the event and Mr. Danso-tutor, Etwebo Primary was the time keeper
All the contestants were given awards when the curtains came down and the prizes were dictionary, badges, certificates and exercise books.
Joseph William Anyan
Community Programme Coordinator
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