Athenkosi is the king

2017-07-06 06:01
Big winner Athenkosi Gaqa flanked by ACE founders Sakhiwo Dlala and Anele Jela with Mokone principal Zolile Raphahlela behind him. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Big winner Athenkosi Gaqa flanked by ACE founders Sakhiwo Dlala and Anele Jela with Mokone principal Zolile Raphahlela behind him. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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To promote literacy among young learners in Langa, two community workers hosted a spelling bee contest in the area.

On Friday, Athenkosi Gaqa from Mokone Primary School took first honours as he was awarded a prize by members of the Active Citizen Everyday, after he took first place in the competition which took place last week.

Gaqa, 9, is a grade 4 learner who overcame strong competition from three other schools for a test of their English skills.

This was the first event hosted by the organisation after its establishment earlier this year.

ACE was founded by Anele Jela and Sakhiwo Dlala from Zones 21 and 27, respectivelly. According to them there was a need for extra mural activities in Langa to promote literacy.

“In my experiences as a child English was always a challenge and as a result when it came to doing oral presentation in class, morale was low.

I was not confident because I knew that my English was not up to par. This affected me negatively for a long time. We got together and devised a way so that we can assist young people in our area,” said Jela.

The two approached a local school and shared their vision but the road to its first event was not without hurdles.

“Of the five primary schools we approached only three participated in the event, sighting various reasons. We are, however, happy that we managed to take some valuable lessons in the criticism they gave. We are planning to host another event where high school learners will be next in line,” said Dlala.

The two will be working with local schools’s literacy programs in the hopes of ultimately improving their academic prowess.

Dlala said that they were happy with the first event and that the victor was worth his podium finish.

During the presentation Gaqa was shy but let on that his mother had helped him prior to the competition, which is a sign of good parenting and involvement.

“It was tough because it pushed me mind to the limit, but I did enjoy the experience,” he said.

School principal Zolile Raphahlelo said that he was very proud of his learners, six of whom had reached the final stages of the competition.

“We are very competitive and we are in good space as far as lite literacy.

Raphahlelo said that there was a need for such programs and that he was happy to see local youth setting the benchmark.

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