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Uganda | Uganda Spelling Bee

Kubin, A.
volunteer from Washington
in Uganda
Photo of the contestants holding a certificate.

The Ugandan Spelling Bee was begun in 2012 by a small group of dedicated individuals who wanted to make a positive change in Uganda. After some thought they realized that education was the best way to implement lasting, positive changes. By chance one of these individuals watched 'Akilah and the Bee', a film about the true story of an American inner city girl making it big in the spelling bee. They thought, why not in Uganda? Literacy rates for male youth outside of the central Kampala region are around 70%. Many pupils are illiterate or near illiterate in their mother tongue however, which is likely a contributing factor as to why it is difficult to achieve higher literacy rates in English as a second or third language for most learners. For girls the literacy rates are even lower, around 60% but as low as 40% in the northern regions. This gap contributes to the lower graduation rates for female youth as well. Spelling Bee was seen as an excellent way to reinvigorate the Ugandan education system, improve literacy in a fun and competitive way, empower youths, and instill positive values in primary pupils. Thus Enjuba and spelling bee was born in Uganda. Since then Enjuba has grown to reach all regions of Uganda. Currently many districts are involved in the spelling bee with hundreds of schools participating each year, and participation grows steadily per year. The program focuses on trainings for interested districts, so that P.3 and upper primary teachers can learn how to organize and train for a spelling bee. These teachers then go on to organize classroom or school spelling competitions in their respective schools in order to find the top spellers. Each school then prepares one P.3 pupil to participate in the district level competition for local language, as well as a team of 3 pupils from P.4 up to P.6 to represent them in the district level English competition. If multiple districts in a region participate then regional competitions are also held to determine which schools will go on to represent their region at the national level. Enjuba is also promoting literacy by hosting a writing competition in partnership with Mixakids, a Ugandan operated children's newspaper. Pupils from P.4, P.5, and P.6 from each region will be given a chance to have their writing published. Enjuba has partnered with Peace Corps Uganda to spread this effort and help coordinate regional events.

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