Literacy winners in final showdown

2019-12-05 06:01
Ngawethu Sityebi, Lelethu Kanayo and Jemima Ndamba Mkobi were the top prize winners in the spelling bee category of the Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme.

Ngawethu Sityebi, Lelethu Kanayo and Jemima Ndamba Mkobi were the top prize winners in the spelling bee category of the Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme.

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Sozo Foundation‘s literacy competition reached its high point on Wednesday 27 November, when competitors in three categories went head-to-head to determine this year’s literacy winners.

The first inaugural Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme, headed by the foundation, kicked off earlier this year.

Learners from Ikamva Youth in Crossroads, Afrika Tikkun in Mfuleni and the Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond took part to find those who have a special love for literature. They participated in the spelling bee, spoken word and poetry categories.

Wendy Abrahams, programmes manager at the foundation, pointed out that, besides teaching the young adults about healthy competition, the contest aimed to ignite a passion for literacy in the learners who predominantly come from underprivileged and under-resourced communities.

She opened the finals with a word of encouragement for the noticeably nervous learners.

“You’ve all competed, you’ve made it to the finals – you’re all winners. So now it’s just the winners competing against each other. And well done for being leaders in literacy,” she said.

In the final round of the spelling bee, 10 learners faced off to be the first spelling bee champion in this competition.

Jemima Ndamba Mkobi of Sozo was awarded 2nd runner up for her impressive spelling skills, with Ngawethu Sityebi from Afrika Tikkun earning her spot as 1st runner up and Lelethu Kanayo from Afrika Tikkun taking home top honours.

It was only Sozo Foundation learners who were finalists in the poetry competition.

The 2nd runner up was Avela Booi, the 1st runner up was Natasha Sibanda and the winner – for her impeccable wordplay – was Zhida Johnston.

The three competitors in the spoken word category were Lukho Noyila, Simamkele Jonginamba and Simamkele Zweni.

Simamkele came in at number one with her impromptu word on being a black African child in South Africa today.

The judges were Zoe Swartz, Sherena Roux, Orelie Kabaye, Neville Williams, Ronel Mannellepie, Mandy Williams and Yusrah Abrahams from Sozo, and Dorothy Dyer from Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Area (Fonsa), a charitable trust which aims to alleviate poverty.

After the medals and trophies were handed out, Wendy concluded: “Thank you for taking part in the first Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme. It was for young people to engage and to love and express themselves naturally, through literature.”

Sozo Foundation‘s literacy competition reached its high point on Wednesday 27 November, when competitors in three categories went head-to-head to determine this year’s literacy winners.

The first inaugural Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme, headed by the foundation, kicked off earlier this year.

Learners from Ikamva Youth in Crossroads, Afrika Tikkun in Mfuleni and the Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond took part to find those who have a special love for literature. They participated in the spelling bee, spoken word and poetry categories.

Wendy Abrahams, programmes manager at the foundation, pointed out that, besides teaching the young adults about healthy competition, the contest aimed to ignite a passion for literacy in the learners who predominantly come from underprivileged and under-resourced communities.

She opened the finals with a word of encouragement for the noticeably nervous learners.

“You’ve all competed, you’ve made it to the finals – you’re all winners. So now it’s just the winners competing against each other. And well done for being leaders in literacy,” she said.

In the final round of the spelling bee, 10 learners faced off to be the first spelling bee champion in this competition.

Jemima Ndamba Mkobi of Sozo was awarded 2nd runner up for her impressive spelling skills, with Ngawethu Sityebi from Afrika Tikkun earning her spot as 1st runner up and Lelethu Kanayo from Afrika Tikkun taking home top honours.

It was only Sozo Foundation learners who were finalists in the poetry competition. The 2nd runner up was Avela Booi, the 1st runner up was Natasha Sibanda and the winner – for her impeccable wordplay – was Zhida Johnston.

The three competitors in the spoken word category were Lukho Noyila, Simamkele Jonginamba and Simamkele Zweni. Simamkele came in at number one with her impromptu word on being a black African child in South Africa today.

The judges were Zoe Swartz, Sherena Roux, Orelie Kabaye, Neville Williams, Ronel Mannellepie, Mandy Williams and Yusrah Abrahams from Sozo, and Dorothy Dyer from Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Area (Fonsa), a charitable trust which aims to alleviate poverty.

After the medals and trophies were handed out, Wendy concluded: “Thank you for taking part in the first Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme. It was for young people to engage and to love and express themselves naturally, through literature.”

Sozo Foundation‘s literacy competition reached its high point on Wednesday 27 November, when competitors in three categories went head-to-head to determine this year’s literacy winners.

The first inaugural Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme, headed by the foundation, kicked off earlier this year.

Learners from Ikamva Youth in Crossroads, Afrika Tikkun in Mfuleni and the Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond took part to find those who have a special love for literature.

They participated in the spelling bee, spoken word and poetry categories.

Wendy Abrahams, programmes manager at the foundation, pointed out that, besides teaching the young adults about healthy competition, the contest aimed to ignite a passion for literacy in the learners who predominantly come from underprivileged and under-resourced communities.

She opened the finals with a word of encouragement for the noticeably nervous learners.

“You’ve all competed, you’ve made it to the finals – you’re all winners. So now it’s just the winners competing against each other. And well done for being leaders in literacy,” she said.

In the final round of the spelling bee, 10 learners faced off to be the first spelling bee champion in this competition.

Jemima Ndamba Mkobi of Sozo was awarded 2nd runner up for her impressive spelling skills, with Ngawethu Sityebi from Afrika Tikkun earning her spot as 1st runner up and Lelethu Kanayo from Afrika Tikkun taking home top honours.

It was only Sozo Foundation learners who were finalists in the poetry competition. The 2nd runner up was Avela Booi, the 1st runner up was Natasha Sibanda and the winner – for her impeccable wordplay – was Zhida Johnston.

The three competitors in the spoken word category were Lukho Noyila, Simamkele Jonginamba and Simamkele Zweni. Simamkele came in at number one with her impromptu word on being a black African child in South Africa today.

The judges were Zoe Swartz, Sherena Roux, Orelie Kabaye, Neville Williams, Ronel Mannellepie, Mandy Williams and Yusrah Abrahams from Sozo, and Dorothy Dyer from Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Area (Fonsa), a charitable trust which aims to alleviate poverty.

After the medals and trophies were handed out, Wendy concluded: “Thank you for taking part in the first Western Cape Afterschool Literacy Programme. It was for young people to engage and to love and express themselves naturally, through literature.”

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