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Lifting Dreams off the Streets: Spell Africa Awards Scholarships to 26 Beneficiaries, Plans for 1000 More

The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Spell Africa International (SAI) has announced an ambitious initiative to grant scholarships to a minimum of 1000 primary and secondary school students nationwide. Founder Gift Akwejevu clarified in a recent statement that the program stems from a passion to educate underdeveloped societies, aiming to deter their involvement in illicit activities.

In a bid to steer children away from the streets, Greater Tomorrow International School secured top positions in the secondary category during SAI’s 12th Spelling Leaders Competition in Abuja. Meanwhile, Karryfield International School excelled in the primary category, and Fouad Lababidi Islamic Academy claimed the second spot.

The Lagos leg featured Kith and Kin Nursery/Primary School, Sirius Schools, and Zee Excellent School as primary category winners, while Geth-Gol College dominated the secondary category. The competition, boasting 96 primary and 40 senior category participants, aims to provide educational opportunities for children whose guardians cannot afford schooling, currently supporting 26 beneficiaries.

Akwejevu emphasized that the spelling competition spans states such as Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ekiti, Osun, Delta, Lagos, Plateau, and Ogun, with three editions occurring annually in approximately four states.

The competition encompasses two categories: basic three to six for the primary category and basic eight to senior secondary (Ss) two for the secondary category. Participating schools decide their category and number of contestants during registration, receiving words for practice before the preliminary and final rounds.

Winners receive books, trophies, and medals, with the first position earning a laptop, the second a tablet, and the third an Android wristwatch. The competition aims to motivate students, encouraging increased dedication to their studies.

by: Oluwatomisin Olowoyo

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