Telecommunication giants, MTN, have congratulated Philemon Apiente Awan for emerging the overall winner of the just ended National Spelling Bee competition. We also extend compliments to all the finalists, as well other competitors for their participation.

In all, 280 competitors from seven of the 10 regions of Ghana participated in this year’s contest.  Amongst them were sixty spellers from Volta, Central and Upper East regions who participated this year with support from the MTN Ghana Foundation.

Notable among the achievements this year is the fact that this is the first time a winner has emerged from a region other than Greater Accra. In addition, two out of the three overall winners (Philemon Apiente Awan and Christine Afonu) emerged from one of the regions sponsored by MTN.

Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director, MTN Ghana Foundation said, “we are particularly excited to see a significant improvement in the performance of spellers from the three regions we sponsored. This is an indication that our investments are yielding the desired results.”

Apart from helping to improve vocabulary, comprehension and English language usage, the Spelling Bee contest enhances contestants’ attitude towards learning..  It also helps build the confidence of contestants and promotes learning and literacy generally.

Ahead of the final competition, the young contestants, together with their Coaches, paid a familiarization visit to MTN to familiarise themselves with the operations of the organization and to express their gratitude to MTN Ghana Foundation for their continued support to the competition. Contestants toured MTN Service Centers and network operations centers, where the dynamics of mobile communications were also explained to them.

Interacting with the students, Mr. Augustine Mante, Call Center Manager for MTN, gave the contestants an overview of the Call Center operations. The contestants were given the opportunity to handle customer calls and respond to queries.

MTN Ghana Foundation, a co-sponsor of the Spelling Bee event, has for the past two years supported the Spelling Bee competition with a total of GH¢ 164,000.00.

The Foundation has also supported numerous educational projects across the country. These include the building of classroom blocks, sponsorship of literacy and numeracy improvement projects and the establishment of ICT centers in all 10 regions of Ghana.


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