The wife of the Asantehene, Lady Julia Osei Tutu, has advised parents to expose their children to other languages, both local and international.
She said this when done from an early age will make children become multilingual which enhances their personal and working relationships in the future.
She was speaking at the launch of the 12th edition of The Spelling Bee competition at the Manhyia in Kumasi recently.
This year’s competition is themed on ‘Multilingualism: a sine qua non for improving literacy in children.’
The launch drew interested audience made up of school children, teachers and parents, dignitaries from the palace, sponsors and partners.
There was pomp and pageantry as the palace took the opportunity to showcase to the world the rich Ashanti culture.
Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation (YEF), organisers of The Spelling Bee, reiterated the core mandate of YEF which is to improve the lives of young people through literacy.
She said there have been challenging times in recent times but they are motivated by their zeal to get more children reading and learning to speak good English and better their lives in general.
Thirteen-year-old, Shifa Amankwa-Gabbey, the first-ever winner from the Ashanti region, thanked Lady Julia for her presence at the event and presented her with a framed photograph from her visit with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The Spelling Bee 2018/19 is proudly sponsored by Indomie Instant Noodles with support from DSTV Ghana, South African Airways, Blue Knights Bookshop, Rufus Green Parks, Akai House Clinic, STC, Goil, KFC Ghana, Voltic Mineral Water and Groupe Nduom.
The finals of the 12th edition of The Spelling Bee will take place in February 2019 after which the winner will represent Ghana at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA in May 2018.
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