A SPELLING bee organised by non-profit organisation Arise and Shine, together with Ashdown Library, was held last Friday.The competition consisted of pupils from Mthethomusha Primary School in Edendale and Ashdown Primary School.Jabulani Dlamini, founder of Arise and Shine, told Echo that this is the first time they have hosted a spelling bee competition and they plan on hosting it every term from now on.He said his 13-year-old daughter encouraged him to host the competition as she has a love for words and spelling.“There was a television programme which she used to watch where they held a spelling bee. This got to me and made me realise that I need to start something similar for the pupils in the area.“There are things that us as parents did not get to a chance to do when we were in school and now we want to give these things to our children,” he said.Yenziwe Ntshangase, who is a librarian at Ashdown Library, said they held the competition because they want to help pupils while working together with teachers.“This will instil confidence in children and help them speak in front of an audience. It will also help them improve their language ability. We encourage them to visit our library and read because it will help them when it’s time for the next competition,” she said. Sisanda Msomi (12), a Grade 6 pupil at Ashdown Primary who was placed first, said she is very excited that she won the competition.“ I will continue and enter more competitions. Reading helped me a lot in this competition as I found it very easy,” she said.