On Saturday, 1 December, Gomotsanang Home and Early Learning centre held its third leg of the spelling bee tournament for learners in Grade 3 and 7 at the Zimeleni School hall in Maphanga section, Katlehong.
The organisation has been hosting the spelling tournaments since 2017, with this one being the 15th since the organisation was established, and this is being done as a measure to increase the literacy rate in young people in the region.
The main purpose of the tournaments is on promoting early childhood development in impoverished areas particularly in the Kathorus region through the Gomotsanang organisation, which also assist the pupils with school work on Saturdays.
The event covers a series of activities that have a direct impact on sustainable development and financial security. During the event scholars spell in both English and their respective ethnic languages.
During the shot breaks, local artists performed Poetry, Dance, Music and Theatre, whilst local businesses, authors, publishers and motivational speakers spoke about ways to promote literacy for economic development.
The tournament had a total of eight participants from various primary schools in the Kathorus region, whom also entertained the audience with a live dance performances choreographed by one of the founders of the organisation Xolani Motsoeneng, through his Kofifi Jika Ekasi dance group.
“The vision and mission behind this initiative is to nature learners ability to break down a word into syllable and use logic to spell, encourage active reading in our society, ensure that correct vocabulary and grammar are well used, increase the flexibility of language use and word construction and lastly to develop our economy through literacy”, said Akanyang Mokhosi, the organisation’s EDC and Creative practioner.
The organisation is also working towards establishing a partnership with schools, teachers, parents, community leaders and local artists.