History was made last week Saturday, 29 July 2017, when the University of Namibia’s language Department, in partnership with Sanlam hosted the first Spelling Bee at tertiary level. Three institutions participated in the championship, namely the University of Namibia (Unam), the International University of Management (IUM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
The Sanlam/UNAM Spelling Bee was held in an effort to encourage students to improve their spelling and English language skills by challenging them with some of the toughest English words. Realising that spelling is one of the biggest challenges in the English language, the two institutions came together to host one of the biggest event on the university’s calendar. Director of the UNAM Language department, Dr. Liswani Simasiku, emphasised the importance of supporting academic events such as this one and encouraged the students to always improve their spelling and writing skills, “I would like to extend my gratitude to Sanlam for sponsoring this event and supporting the academic sector. It is important that corporates get involved and assist universities with programmes such as these”. Sanlam Marketing and Communications Consultant, Dessa Simanga also encouraged the participants to understand the importance of spelling and knowing when and where to use which words. She also expressed the importance of funding academic programmes stating that, “One of our core aims through our corporate social responsibility programmes is to assist with the development of education and we believe that the spelling bee is an initiative that will go a long way in achieving this objective”.
As part of its corporate social responsibility and as partner in education, Sanlam sponsored N$20 000 towards the event.
The top performers at the event are as follows:
All participants were awarded with a medal and an Oxford English dictionary.
The University of Namibia is looking at making the Spelling Bee an annual event on its calendar.
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