DLA launches its first spelling bee competition

Spelling bee

Spelling Bee for the township kids

A group of grade eight and nine pupils came in numbers at Progress Comprehensive High School for a fierce and exciting competition. Distinctive Learning Academy (DLA) launched its first spelling bee competition. DLA is a non-profit company (NPC) initiative providing tutoring services. Founded by Nkosinathi Vilanculos in 2015.

As an education student at the University of Johannesburg; Nathi has always been passionate about tutoring and therefore giving private lessons to community learners.The company “aims to help learners with their academic studies; and also increase the pass rate of schools all across Gauteng”. Meanwhile; 20 grade 8 and 9 pupils participated in the five round spelling bee in front of a panel of 3 judges.

Thami Matloha, Lerato Dire, Nomzamo Mpophoma

Spelling bee

The spell Master’s rules and procedures’ explained to all anticipating participants. And then Round one began; as a practice round no one could be eliminated from the competition. Elimination started in second round @14:00pm. All 20 participants received prescribed words and by the end of round two only 16 competitors remained.

The competition seemed to be tough as it continued until late afternoon; little did the participants know that their spelling knowledge of mystery words would be key to proceed to round four where only three competitors left.

  • Delusion
  • Volunteer and ;
  • Juxtaposition

Were the three words that decided who moved forward in the competition and who got eliminated. ‘Delusion’ proved delusional when a 13 year-old grade eight pupil Hlavutelo couldn’t get it right and got eliminated; leaving another 13 year-old Nkateko Macebele and 15 year-old Lehlohonolo Lesiba to compete for the first title of DLA’s spelling bee championship.

The Final

In the last and final round Lehlohonolo received the word artificial and Nkateko given disastrous; and for the latter it became a disastrous last word as Lehlohonolo crowned the winner.

When asked how he prepared for the competition; he said: “to be honest; I didn’t really prepare. Most words that we received are words that I already knew. I have a very good memory; so I remember most words from the tutoring classes given by Lerato Dire on Saturdays”. Lerato Dire who gives English classes every Saturday from 8am to 12 midday said her passion for education makes her wake up every Saturday morning to give back to the kids and community. “I don’t mind doing this for free, as long as I’m helping these kids. The best way they can pay me is by passing their English.”

At the moment DLA has no sponsors and depend on the support of the school’s principal and learning resources given to them by the school as well as the R50 monthly payments that the learners pays which is almost close to nothing. For them, it’s all about helping learners get good academic results so that they can make Bette decisions for the future.

Anyone who wishes to help DLA in any manner can contact Nkosinathi on email: teddynathi@gmail.com or call in: 061 837 6143.

By : Refilwe Mereyotlhe