student of Koba Kunda Lower Basic School in Basse, Upper River Region emerged
winner of the fifth edition of the TAKE-M Transformation Organisation organised
national spelling bee held at QCity in Bijilo.
Ebrima Jallow was presented with a trophy, a school bag and a cash prize of 7 000 dalasi. He also received a gift from Button Up.
The national spelling bee championship brought together 55 students from 30 lower basic schools.
Fatou Sanneh, a student of Blessings lower basic school finished as first runner-up and received a school bag and a cash prize of 4000 dalasi. She also received a gift from Button Up. Amie Abisha from St. Therese’s lower basic school finished as second runner-up and was rewarded with a school bag and a cash prize of 2, 500 dalasi.
TAKE-M literacy programme is aimed at helping lower basic school learners to achieve competency at Grade 4 reading and spelling levels, to improve matric pass rates and help learners to be better prepared for tertiary education and later employment.
Region 2 Education director Lamin Fatajo said the active participation of schools in the competition tells that education is growing in the country.
Basse National Assembly Member Muhammed Magassy, thanked TAKE-M for promoting children literacy in the country. He said the spelling bee will prepare the students to become assets of the society, noting that education boosts confidence, promote independent thinking, open doors for new ideas and empower. “When all these are combined, the techniques end poverty.”
Tunde Muyi Ogundimu, chief executive officer of TAKE-M Transformation Organisation said kids are born with talents and it is important for those talents to be closely guided, which can end up becoming skills for them.
He thanked the Central Bank of The Gambia for their support and contribution to the event.
Mr. Ogundimu said spelling and reading build knowledge, confidence and help people to comprehend the word.
Essa Drammeh, Deputy Governor 2 at the Central Bank of The Gambia said there are many child related programmes rolled out for schools but the TAKE-M spelling bee stands out as one of the best because of its nature and impact it will have on children in the future.