Aini Tomas, an engineering student, is the winner of the first prize. She received a floating trophy and N$ 1 500, whilst the second place was secured by Inga Kapenda who won a trophy and N$1 000 and who is also an engineering student.
An IUM student won the third place in this event that is open to all students regardless of their field of study.
The Director of Unam’s Language Centre Department, Dr Liswani Simasiku believes that education is conducted in many activities and spelling competitions is one of them. Deesa Simanga, the Sanlam Namibia representative at the competition, assured the institutions of the company’s commitment to sponsor this competition annually.
Contestants were required to spell a broad selection of words, with a varying degree of difficulty at each stage.
“I believe that the Spelling Bee Competition is of utmost importance and should as well be boosted among primary and high schools,” said Fikameni Salomo, an English Lecturer in the Department of Education and Languages at NUST.
The Department offers Language in Practice as an institutional core course to students unless they are exempted from the subject. It covers all four domains of language learning and students are introduced to the basic elements of English grammar, academic reading and writing skills, while developing their vocabulary and improving the command of the language.
Additionally, each participant received a medal and an Oxford Dictionary.