The African Spelling Bee was founded by ALI Fellow Roger Dickinson in 2015. Currently, 15 African countries participate in the spelling bee, these include Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The African Spelling Bee was started with the vision of celebrating the African Child, inspiring them to be literate and creating a platform for them to connect and build their confidence.
Together, through the partner organisations and partnerships with national Ministries of Education, the initiative reaches and impacts over 10 million learners each year, through national spelling competitions, teacher training and reading interventions, among other literacy interventions. Recently, the 4th Annual African Spelling Bee was held in Jinja, Uganda, which is the symbolic source of the Nile River. The 5th African Spelling Bee will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2020.
For more information on the African Spelling Bee and to find out how you can support the initiative, contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org