It was an exciting sight to behold on Friday March 9, when a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), ‘Born Heroes Foundation’ held its maiden inter-schools Spelling Bee competition for a total of 29 contestants from nine participating schools in the Ablekuma West Sub-metro.
The thrilling event, which took place at the Star-of-the Sea Roman Catholic (R|C) Basic School, saw a 13-year-old, Master Richard Kyeremateng of Great Stars Montessori School, emerging as the overall winner, after a fascinating battle that ensued between four finalists, with Miss Delali Kluvia being the only female among them.
Master Richard, defeated the other participants to be crowned a winner after he successfully spelt “schadenfreude”, to beat his closest challenger, Master Derrick Teyi of Emmanuel Villa International School who placed second position after an impressive head-to-head performance but unfortunately missed the eleventh word.
Master Derrick Teyi, who many was tipped to carry the day, based on his courageousness began his spelling with the word “Razor”, then moved to dough, eczema, androgynous, marionette, diaphanous, soubrette, chihuahua, sarcophagus, vivisepulture and lastly “pococurante” which he unfortunately failed to spell correctly after missing just an alphabet.
The champion for the day, Master Richard on the hand excellently spelt each word to the last round. He started with the words, “Trivial, then to patience, censer, pirogue, parvenue, lieutenant, condominium, hydrophantediluvianuvian, logorrhea, vertiginous and finally ending with “schadenfreude” which made him the ‘Hero’ of the day.
The ‘Born Heroes Foundation’ which is a non-profit educational organization, was formed by two young Ghanaian graduates primarily to educate, unearth talents, and expose children to reading good books.
Speaking to The Herald in an exclusive interview after the competition, the co-founders of the Foundation, Mr. Victor Osei Nkansah and Miss Ruth Ampiaw said “the Born Heroes Spelling B Contest is a competition that we initiated to unearth the vocal confidence in children, the ability to concentrate and also to sharpen the intellectual talents hidden in our wonderful children”
Apart from spelling contests, they pointed out “some of our activities and programmes include debates, reading and writing contests”.
According to the foundation, “as a registered entity with the intention to inculcate the habit of reading again in the Ghanaian child, we know that the support of the entire nation is very much needed. Children’s poor habit of reading is responsible for exams malpractices which eventually results in non-performance of the labour force”.
The Foundation, which also has Born Heroes Book Club provides good books to children who meet once every week to thoroughly read the material, discuss and mark written assignments on them.
Asked if the competition would be continued across the entire region, Miss Ampiaw said “With the Spelling B competition, we intend to do it for all the districts as we did for Dansoman SubMetro, then we move and have a regional and a national one”.
She however appealed to school proprietors and authorities not to shut their doors on them anytime they approached their schools for such competitions adding that “when we give children the chance, they go a step ahead in their academics.”
The five finalists were awarded with dictionaries, a smart phone and the winner taking home a mini tablet just to stress on the importance of technology as a learning tool if children are guided on the usage.
The foundation is also, pleading with organizations and individuals for sponsorship to achieve their objectives. “We need to be assisted to reach the other districts and regions, since the foundation is a nonprofit making entity with virtually no support”.