October, 2015 – Last week leading higher education campus, Monash South Africa (MSA) hosted 27 of the country’s brightest young minds, the recently named finalists in   the     2015   National   Spelling   Bee competition, at their Ruimsig campus.  Three primary school winners from each
of the provinces were invited to MSA for an inside view of the state of the art campus,   showcasing   what   can   be achieved should they continue striving for excellence   in   the classroom. In addition   MSA,   as part of its ongoing efforts to empower children through education, sponsors an  academic
scholarship for the winners of both the national   and Gauteng provincial Spell It Spelling Bees.

Nurturing Future Academics During their visit to the campus, MSA CEO, Esther Benjamin called upon the finalists to take their future under careful consideration: “You may be young today,
but it’s important to remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your higher education. I encourage you to think about what you need to be doing today to maintain top academic performance, to ensure   your   future   at   a   top   tertiary institution such as Monash South Africa.”

During the campus tour the 27 finalists and eventual winner, Erin Sloane from the Western   Cape,   were   excited   by   the opportunity to secure a scholarship at such a young age. Many of the finalists
have a very clear idea of the path they want to follow when they finish their schooling. Malaka Mapheto of Dikolobe Primary School in Limpopo, wants to be a doctor one day so that he can help people and he says, “I am very excited to be here and I hope to be a student at Monash South Africa when I finish school.”

Spelling Excellence in Young Learners Since 2010, the Spell It initiative in partnership with the National Department of Education and Nedbank  has  impacted the lives of over 150  000          primary school   learners across  South Africa by providing   them with  the opportunity  to achieve an international level of spelling competency. The national and provincial Spelling   Bee  competitions   form   an important part of this process, and to date have assisted in the improvement of the spelling ability of learners by an average of 300%. The national contest features district, provincial and national spelling competitions for grade 6 learners from schools across the country.

Sponsoring Potential

“Together with the Department of Basic Education and other partners, we are exceptionally proud to be a sponsor of the National Spelling Bee competition. Our collaboration with Spell It over the years
has provided sponsorship for 14 learners to attend Monash South Africa and we are pleased   to   continue   this   support   for promising   young   leaders   who   are encouraged to meet their full potential through   this   programme”   concluded Benjamin. A previous recipient of the bursary is
Grade    6   pupil   of   Gauteng’s   Theo Wassenaar Primary School and winner of the   provincial   Spelling   Bee,   Jethro Kustner. As the child of a single parent family, a scholarship to study further will go   a   long   way   towards   helping   him achieve his dream of becoming a chemical engineer.   By   spelling   the   word, “vengeance” correctly in the provincial About Monash South Africa: final, Jethro’s academic future has been secured.

The Power of Education

Also invited to address the Spelling Bee finalists was MSA student and Laureate “Here   for   Good”   ambassador   Lebo Sekhotla,   who   was   selected   as   an ambassador from over a million students
from across the globe for her youth empowerment work. Her difficult childhood allowed   her   to   advise   learners   on achieving despite trying circumstances: “You have the power to reach your full
potential through education. It is your responsibility to set your problems aside and strive for excellence. This can be achieved   by   aligning   yourself   with excellent people.” As a shining example of the power of education and a fellow recipient of a bursary for her tertiary studies it seems that this is sound advice indeed for the 27 bright young minds who participated in the National Spelling Bee this past weekend.

The impressive, state of the art Monash South Africa (MSA) campus in Johannesburg is dedicated to support South Africa and the continent to meet its diverse economic and educational needs by producing graduates who are internationally recognised. MSA has four schools: Business and Economics, Health Sciences, Information Technology and Social Science and a one-year pathway programme into the undergraduate degrees, the Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies. MSA became the first institution in Sub-Saharan Africa to join the Laureate International Universities network in 2013, which has a presence in 28 countries, serving over 1,000,000 students globally across 80 institutions and online. To learn more, visit www.msa.ac.za About Laureate Education, Inc: Laureate Education is the world’s leading higher education provider. Laureate’s more than 80 universities educate over 1,000,000 students in 28 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Laureate’s universities offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields such as architecture, business, engineering, hospitality management, law and medicine. Many Laureate institutions are ranked among the top providers of higher education in their respective regions, countries and fields, and have received international recognition for their academic quality. To learn more, visit www.laureate.net