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Zimbabwe’s SPELLING BEE Magazine

Spelling Bee is a contest which provides an alternative activity in teaching English vocabulary. This competition requires participants to spell out English words correctly. Zimbabwe Spelling Bee is a subsidiary project of Zimbabwe Youth Development Foundation Trust, a registered not for profit organization that conducts Spelling Bee competitions nationally, regionally and internationally and represents Zimbabwe at International Spelling Bee Competitions. Zimbabwe Spelling Bee is one of 14 countries that make up the Africa Spelling Bee Consortium.

Spelling Bee is a contest which provides an alternative activity in teaching English vocabulary. This competition requires participants to spell out English words correctly.

Zimbabwe Spelling Bee is a subsidiary project of Zimbabwe Youth Development Foundation Trust, a registered not for profit organization that conducts Spelling Bee competitions nationally, regionally and internationally and represents Zimbabwe at International Spelling Bee Competitions. Zimbabwe Spelling Bee is one of 14 countries that make up the Africa Spelling Bee Consortium.

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JANUARY2023

SPELINGBEE

FACTSABOUT

SPELINGBEE

ZIMBABWESPELING

BEE:BOOK

DISTRIBUTION

ZIMBABWENATIONAL

SPELINGBEECOMPETITIONS

2023




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ZimbabweSpelingBeeisasubsidiaryprojectof

Zim babw eYouthDevelopmentFoundationTrust,

aregisterednotforprofitorganizationthatconducts

SpelingBeecompetitionsnationaly,regionalyand

internationalyandrepresentsZimbabweatInternational

SpelingBeeCompetitions.ZimbabweSpelingBeeisoneof25

countriesthatmakeuptheAfricaSpelingBeeConsortium.

BACKGROUND

Itstartedin2015,It’svisionistoenhanceacultureofwide

learningamongstyoungpeopleofZimbabwe.Topromote

students’self-esteem,character,developmentand

sportsmanship.


FACTSABOUTSPELLING BEE

Spelingbeesarepopular

spelingcompetitionsin

Canada,USA,Nigeria,Ethiopia

,EastAsia,China,theCaribbean

,andSouthAfrica.Theword‘bee’

emergedinAmericatodescribethe

momentswhencommunitieswould

cometogetherforacommon

purpose.

Theychalengechildrenand

improvetheirspelingandpublic

speakingskils.Spelingbeesare

aboutmorethanonechild.Success

oenhingesonchildrengeting

supportfrom school,familyand

community.Thespelingbeecan

helpelevatethestatusofreading

andliteracyinZimbabwe

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATEIN THE

SPELLING BEE?

Scholarsbetweenthe

agesof9−16yearscan

registertoparticipate.

Thecompetitionstartsat

DistrictlevelandIfa

participantissuccessfulat

Districtlevel,thentheywil

havetheopportunityto

advancetotheProvincial

competition.Thedistrict

winnersandrunners-up

competeintheProvincial

spelingbeewiththe

Provincialwinneradvancing

tothenationalspelingbee

championship.Provincialwinners

andnationalSpelingBeewinners

wilwinvariousprizesincluding

scholarshipsandparticipationat

theAfricaSpelingBee

Championships.TheSpelingBee

program isgovernedby

fundamentalrulesofprocedure

thatmuststrictlybeadheredto

byboththespelersandthejury.

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AttheheartoftheZimbabwe

SpelingBeeisadesiretohelp

Zimbabweanchildrenlearnto

enjoyreadingandthe

possibilitythatwordshaveto

offer.Thisprogram offers

Zimbabweanstudentsan

opportunitytoexhibittheir

proficiencyintheartof

speling.Theprogram is

intendedtoincreaseaculture

ofwidelearningamongst

youngpeopleinZimbabwe.

Zimbabwefacesserious

chalengesarounditsbasic

educationsystemsandmany

childrenstilleaveprimaryand

sesecondaryschoolwithoutthe

necessaryliteracyornumeracy

skilstoprogressintotertiary

educationorintotheworld.

ZimbabweSpelingBeeisa teachspelings,spelingrules

literacyandeducatorcapacity andwordconstructionthrough

buildinginitiativethatis aseriesofgamesandactivities;

tacklingthischalengeheadon schoollevelspelingbee

ZimbabweSpelingBee competition,whichresearch

program involvesthefolowing showshelpstudentsimprove

components:A realtime

theirspeling,increasetheir

Educatorempowerment vocabularies,learnconcepts,

program throughwhich anddevelopcorrectEnglish

educatorsare'taught'how to 4

usage (Targetingscholars,


SpelingBeebeginatthe

interclasslevel,progressthrough

inter-schoolcompetitionsand

eventualculminateinagrand

Final,Informalmentoringand

coachingfor,Teachersand

SchoolManagementteamsby

SpelBeecoordinatorswhoare

alexperiencededucators;anda

TertiaryEducationPipeline

throughwhichthewinnersof

theSpelingBeesreceive

educationalsupportsuchas

scholarships.Everyyearwe

receiveover5000entriesinto

theprogram.

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AfricanSpelingBee2016/17Africa

SpelingChampionship-SouthAfrica

In2016and2017ourteam

participatedattheAfrica

SpelingBee

Championshipsin

Johannesburg.Outteam

competedagainststudents

from 15otherAfrican

countries.Theseinclude

SouthAfrica,Ethiopia,

Ghana,Kenya,Uganda

BotswanaetcTheteams

batledforthe$20000

grandprizeundergraduate

scholarshipatMonash

UniversitySouthAfrica.

Theeventualwinnerwas

SouthAfricaandNigeria

respectively.

o2018MOMBASA KENYA

urteam ofspelers

traveledtoMombasa

Kenyaforthe2018African

SpelingBee.TheThirdAfrican

SpelingBeeChampionshipwas

heldinKenyaonNovember

2018attheKaskaziBeachHotel

inKwaleCounty.Spelersfrom

16AfricanCountriespittheir

spelingskilsagainsteachother

togetthebestspelersinAfrica.

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UGANDA 2019

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n2019Zimbabwean

SpelingBeeteam

participatedattheAfrica

SpelingBeecompetitionsin

Uganda.Theeventbrought

togethernational

spelingchampionsfrom 11

countriesincludingBotswana,

Ethiopia,Kenya,Ghana,Malawi

,Nigeria,SierraLeone,South

,Nigeria,SierraLeone,South

Africa,SudanandZambia.The

eventwassupportedand

sponsoredbyMTN,Tarco

Aviationfrom Sudan,African

Bank,stationerysupplierOffice

National,WorldVisionand

LucaraDiamondBot

LucaraDiamondBotswana.

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heZimbabweSpeling

Beeparticipatedatthe

5thAfricanSpelingBee

HostedbyMalawiatthe

prestigiousGoldenPeacock

HotelinBlantyre,Malawi,the

eventexpandedbeyonda

classicone-wordperspeler

beetoincludeafunAfrican

GeneralKn

GeneralKnowledgeQuizanda

SpeedSpelingcompetitionto

determinethetopTeam Prize.

Theseriesofliteracy

competitionsinspiredthe

learnerstochalengetheir

knowledgeofourbeautiful

continentdeepeningtheir

rootsofthePan-Africanspirit.

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MALAWI2022


TheAfricanSpelingBeeismorethanaspelingcompetition.

Ourdream isforchildrenandyoungpeopletobuilddeepand

lastingrelationships,builtonexcelence,mutualrespectand

integritywiththehopethatinyearstocomewhentheyare

theleadersofourcountries’businessesandinstitutions,they

wiltogetherbuildabeterAfrica.

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VIRTUALSPELLING BEE

COMPETITIONS

DuetoCOVID 19 peopleonline.40Zimbabwean

ZimbabweSpelingBee kidsresidingindifferent

helditsfirstever countriessuchasUSA,

virtualZimbabweVirtual Indonesia,Kenya,UK,

SpelingBeeGlobal Zimbabwe,SouthAfrica

Championships2020a convergedonlineforthe2020

competitionwherescholars

ZimbabweVirtualSpelingBee

ofZimbabweanheritagefrom GlobalChampionships.Most

alovertheworldbetween participantsinZimbabwewere

agesof9−16years

inHarare,Kwekwe,Bulawayo,

participated.Thisyear’s Beitbridge,Kadoma.

competitionwasheldon

Saturdaythe25thofJuly

2020virtualyandwas

watchedbyhundredsof 9


SPELLING BEEWINNERS

2020SPELLING BEE

WINNER

2021SPELLING BEE

WINNER

Thecompetitionwaswon

byShealtielMsitinia14

yearform 3boyat

ChristianBrothersColegein

Bulawayo.Inthefinalroundof

thecompetitionShealtielbatled

withTJGwaziwaastudentof

PeterhouseBoysSchool.The

winningwordforShealtielwas

ForfeiturewhileTJGwaziwawas

eliminatedaerfailingtospel

BlintzeThewinnerSheatiel

Msitiniwasawardedwitha

laptopandanautomatic

qualificationintotheZimbabwe

SpelingBeethatwiltravelto

NigeriafortheAfricaSpeling

BeeChampionships2021.

NAME:SamanthaCharityChivasa

AGE:16years

SCHOOL:GokomereHighSchool

Honors:ZimbabweVirtual

SpelingBeeChampion2021

LeadershipRole:JuniorSenator

CityofMasvingo

Likes:Ilikereading,making

new friends,bakingandcooking.

“Iam briliantandonceIsetmy

mindonachievingsomethingI

doitexceptionalywel…”

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ZimbabweNationalSpelingBeeCompetitions2023

ZimbabweSpelingBeehascommencedpreparationsforthe

ZimbabweNationalSpelingBeecompetitions.Thecompetitions

wilbeheldin6differentcitiesHarare,Bulawayo,Masvingo,

Gweru,MutareandChinhoyi.Over500studentshavealready

registeredtoparticipate.Thewinnerswilqualifytotakepart

attheAfricaSpelingBeeCompetitionsinAddisAbabaEthiopia

laterintheyearwiththeeventualwinnerstakingpartatthe

SCRIPPSSpelingBeeCompetitionsintheUSA.

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RURALPROGRAMS

BOOKDISTRIBUTION

InternationalBookProject

(IBP)andBisilaBokoko

AfricanLiteracyProject

(BBALP)

T oreducethestudentteacherbookratioin

variousruralschoolsin

ZimbabwetheZYDFTspearheads

aprogram togatherchildren’s

booksandcomputersfrom many

partsoftheworldsuchasfrom

USA andUK.Thesebooksand

computersaredistributedto

variousruralschoolsasawayto

providetheadequateresources

necessarytocreateasuitableand

functionallearningculturefor

kidsinruralareas.Currently,

about200000bookshavebeen

distributedtovariouspartsofthe

country.Thisprogram isongoing

anditismadepossiblethrough

ourpartnershipswith

internationalpartnerssuchasthe

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N.BTHISISAN ONGOING PROJECT


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LIFESKILLSTRAINING

Abovearepicturesfrom ourlifeskilsoutreach

programs.NB:Thisisanongoingproject

Z

YDFTisalsoinvolvedin

lifeskilstrainingofyoung

peoplefrom marginalized

backgrounds.Youtharetrained

invariousareassuchpoetry,

music,danceetcwiththemain

objectiveofempoweringyoung

peopletobemastersoftheir

owndestinies.

SPORTFORCOMMUNITY

DEVELOPMENT

ZYDFTcoordinatesSportsfor

communitydevelopment

programsinvariouspartsof

Zimbabwe,Theseareprograms

thatfocusonsportasatoolfor

communitydevelopment.These

programsaremadepossible

throughourpartnershipwith

theGlobalNetworkforRights

andDevelopmentandother

partners.Themainideabehind

sportforcommunity

developmentistoengageand

occupyyoungpeopleasatool

topreventthem from engaging

inactivitiesthatmayendanger

theirlivesandwelbeingsuchas

getinginvolvedindrugsand

sexualactivities.

Abovearepicturesfrom oursportsforcommunity

developmentoutreachprogramsNB:Thisisanongoing

project


HEALTH AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE

forcommonconditionssuch

asringworms,scabies,skin

infectionsandcavities.ZYDFT

alsotakesadvantageofthese

visitstoeducateotherstudents

aboutsexualandreproductive

healthissues

Z YDFTpartnershipwith

theMinistryofHealth

andChildCare,local

healthclinicpractitionersand

MedicalDoctorsfrom IDEA

HEALTH facilitateshealth

assessmentsofthechildren

enroledintheECD Centers

communitiesitserves.ZYDFT

makesfrequentassessments

toeachschooltoevaluatethe

mostbasicandimmediate

healthconcernsfacingthe

children.Theassessments

capturebaselineinformation

onheight,weight,heartrate,

imimmunizations,andpersonal

hygieneaswelasscreenfor

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D

THEDIRECTOR

FOUNDER:Adv.JamesBayanai

AdvBayanaiisthefounderof

ZimbabweYouthDevelopment

FoundationTrust(SpelingBee

Zimbabwe),anorganizationthatpromotes

literacy.Inhiseffortstoimproveeducation

inZimbabwe,hehassuccessfulysecured

anddistributedover300,000children’s

bookstoruralschools,raisedascholarship

fundforseveralruralchildren,and

establishedacommunitylibraryinthe

Chirumanzururalcommunity.Heholdsa

MastersinInternationalandComparative

Law LLM from TulaneUniversityUSA,

BachelorofLawsHonorsLLBdegreefrom

theUniversityofZimbabwe,adiplomainLaborRelationsfrom theInstituteof

PersonnelManagementofZimbabwe,acertificateinSocialEnterprisefrom Elos

InstituteBrazil,CertificateinCivicLeadershipfrom Tulane,USA andisaMandela

WashingtonFelowshipAlumnus.

TheideaofholdingZimbabweSpeling

BeeCompetitionistopromoteeducation

andcreateahealthysportsmanshipamonglearners

inZimbabwe &tocreateopportunitiesforthem throughscholarships

andparticipationatglobaleventssuchastheAfricaSpeling

BeeChampionships.

ADVOCATEJAMESBAYANAI


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