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International Spelling Bee: Participants Decry Lack Of Government’s Support As Dubai Trip Draws Closer



Nigeria’s representatives at the international Spelling Bee Competition, scheduled to take place in Dubai next month, are appealing to the federal, state and local government to support them towards making history for the country.

This was disclosed on Saturday via a telephone conversation with the Executive Director, Team Head, KRP, FEMA Foundation for Education and Migration Awareness, Kaneng Rwamg – Pam, convener of the North Central Spelling Bee Competition.

She said the basic challenge facing the young spellers is lack of government support, adding that the government has not been very responsive and bold as expected.

Kaneng further highlighted areas of partnership by stakeholders, saying they could partner/participate on different levels, with some providing materials, some funding for the kids/children to have a good experience and others can provide funds for the cookies workshop that will be holding before the competition.

She explained that they just concluded the senior category of the qualifiers for the junior and senior categories and about 30 schools across Plateau State will be joining the House of Art in Kaduna, Lafia, Abuja and the South-West, South-East and South-South in University of Nigeria in Dubai.

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“In September, they will undergo different tests, vocabulary reading tests with parents and children from other continents of the world.”

Kaneng further said they are confident of winning the competition or participating well over there.

“The platform makes the children to be bold. Nigeria has what it takes to go in the competition,” she added.

The executive director emphasised the need for all hands to be on deck to reduce the burden from the parents and relatives of the students.

Adding that, “we are about to hold a programme from the state, national to international level, which will cost about 150 million Naira. If we have more organizations involved, we can go far and also change the face of the country.”

The work she said, is not just for children, it is designed to improve the communication and personal leadership skills in children so that they wouldn’t be losers in the future when they become adults.

“its also to improve public speaking skills. Everyone is affected in one way or the other by the objectives of the platform. It also serves as an avenue for training of teachers, as well as a leadership, camp for young people,” she added.


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