SA children have capacity to turn the tide

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIED  Spelling Bee competitors.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Spelling Bee competitors.

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A LOVE of words and education is the one gift that South Africa can offer her children in a fast changing world. Through words we can raise confident children with the power to dream, create, break boundaries and explore the world.

The idea that we can turn the tide on the educational crisis is not a mere pipe cream but a reality as thousands of children around Africa take the challenge to prove their ability and talent to spell.

Thousands of pupils aged between nine and 14 are taking part in the Mzansi Spelling Bee and proving that all is not lost with education in South Africa.

The 2015 Mzansi Spelling Bee Junior champion, eight-year-old Mayuri Govender proved that if you are determined you can break boundaries and do whatever you set your mind to.

The Kimberley native is home-schooled by her mother and won the 2015 Mzansi Spelling Bee, making her the youngest speller and the youngest winner of the national spelling bee. In May she will be meeting with the Queen of England, and publishing her first book.

Kate Jones (14), won the 2012 and 2013 Mzansi Spelling Bee final, proving that size does not count if you believe in yourself.

Mzansi Spelling Bee spellers demonstrate that their history and background does not have to define them.

Mxolisi Magwaza calls the crowed Johannesburg inner city “home”, but his faith and the support of his grandmother gave him the courage to challenge himself and show that where you come from does not determine where you will end up by winning the Mzansi Spelling Bee for two consecutive years.

The young South Africans stand to shine a candle for all South African children. There may be problems in education, but the spirit of these young people prove that age, size and background do not define you says that South Africa’s children have the capacity to turn the tide.

Applications for the 2016 Mzansi Spelling Bee are open to pupils in Grade 4 to Grade 11 in private and public schools in all nine provinces.

- Supplied

Applications forms are available at
www.mzansispelling or email


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