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07.01.2011 Education

MTN Sponsors 20 Schools

By Daily Graphic
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The MTN Ghana Foundation has sponsored 20 basic schools in the Volta Region to participate in the annual National Spelling Bee Competition.

Under the sponsorship, the foundation has provided GH¢ 14,000 to cover the participation of the schools.

The money is meant for the mobilisation of instructors to train the students, purchase teaching and learning materials for the competition and also acquire prizes for the winners at the regional level.

Speaking on behalf of the MTN Ghana Foundation during the presentation at Ho, the Education Portfolio Advisor for the foundation, Nana Adjei Perbi, re-emphasised the organisation's commitment to the development of education and its continuous support for projects and events aimed at improving teaching and learning.

The Ho Municipal Education Officer, Enyonam Christine Kugbeadzor, applauded MTN for its contribution to the development of education in the country.

She also urged the pupils to pay attention to their instructors in order for them to put up the best performance to enable them to represent Ghana at the world championship.

The National Spelling Bee competition is organised by Essence Communications and aims at enhancing the reading skills, enriching vocabulary and pronunciation among pupils, as well as providing them with fun and entertainment.

The competitors are within the ages of eight and 13. The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition was started in the US by Louisville Courier and was introduced in Ghana in March 2008, with only six participating schools and about 30 competitors.

More than 280 competitors drawn from 140 schools across the country are participating in this year's competition. This year's event started off in September 2010 and will run till the end of February 2011.

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