Trident Foundation Ltd in collaboration with the Scrabble Association of Zambia held its first ever Interschool Scrabble Competition for schools around FQM Trident Ltd in Kalumbila district.
Trident Foundation Limited Education Support Lead, Elizabeth Ngenda said the scrabble tournament was part of the Mine’s educational support programs lined up for schools within its catchment area. She said the mine is hopeful that scrabble will help improve literacy levels to enhance the performance of learners in schools in the district.
Scrabble Association of Zambia President, Lubunda Ngala, said there is need to promote the sport especially among school going children in the country. He said the sport can be played competitively at international level and one can make a decent living out of it especially if the children start playing the game at a young age. Mr. Ngala said the introduction of scrabble in selected schools in Kalumbila with support from FQM Trident Limited is a great milestone to popularize the sport in the country.
Kalumbila District Education Standards Officer, Richard Kinyanta who officiated at the inaugural tournament described scrabble as an important sport which should be rolled out to all schools in the district. Mr. Kinyanta noted that scrabble helps a learner to develop skills in terms of spellings, vocabulary and grammar among others.
The first place was scooped by Jiwundu Secondary School, while Kalumbila North came out second and Musele Primary School got third place. Prizes included Book World Vouchers of K10,000, K7000 and K5000 respectively.