least 15 Lower Basic Schools within Brikama have participated in a daylong
spelling bee competition at the Region 2 Education Directorate in Brikama,
organized and supported by Brikama Association New York. INC.
The competition targets to motivate and empower students to improve their vocabulary and education skills.
Region 2 principal education officer Lamin Sonko said, spelling is word formation that involves letter recognition, identification, letter sound enhancing writing abilities and skills. “Spelling helps to improve reading and writing skills.”
Mr. Sonko further stated that spelling will also improve vocabulary and diction; pronunciation and articulation which he said, will immensely complement efforts of the basic and secondary education ministry in improving education for all.
He said since 2006, MoBSE has been conducting bi-annual assessment of literacy and numeracy skills for grades 1-3; aimed at informed decision making for possible curriculum review. “This intervention will tremendously complement and consolidate our efforts as a sector. I commend the participants for their active participation and the organizers; Brikama Association New York INC.”
He said there is no better way to support the people for any meaningful development than empowering them through education, saying “Education is the most powerful tool to empower people.”
He thanked the students for their keen interest and popular participation for effective implementation of the programs.
Lamin Camara, President of Brikama Association New York said the competition is geared towards helping the students to improve in their vocabulary and have public speaking confidence, saying the Association is formed purposely to support the people of Brikama.
At the end of the competition, Ebrahim Saidy of Kembujeh lower basic school won the 1st prize and was presented with a giant trophy and D3, 000 while Jerry Jaiteh and Abdullah Jadama of Mansa Colley Bojang LBS emerged as co-winners of the 2nd and 3rd prize of trophies and a cash prizes of D3, 000.