The final round of the Nurpur National Spellathon Championship was conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) on December 2, 2017 at the Pak-China Centre in Islamabad.
The first and second rounds were held in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore earlier. More than 15,000 students participated in this inter-school competition from grades 3 to 5 from various schools of the three cities.
The Top 18 scorers were selected to participate in the grand finale where the winners were awarded cash prizes and gift hampers. Six students from each grade (3, 4 and 5) competed for the first, second and third position after going through four games at the finale, which included: general knowledge, spell-out-loud, against-the-clock and solve the puzzle. The competition was hosted by Dino Ali, one of Pakistan’s leading RJs, who kept encouraging the young participants during the competition. While the results were being compiled, Khumariyan, the folk rock music band from Peshawar and WWF-Pakistan’s Goodwill Ambassadors performed, playing their most famous tunes.
The students were immensely excited to be a part of the event while parents and teachers were also present to support students. They opined that the event was a good way to expose children to environmental and conservation issues issues and the Spellathon helped in confidence building.
WWF-Pakistan started the Spellathon in 1997 and it is now an integral part of the annual calendar of private schools across Pakistan. The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness and understanding for the need to conserve, protect and manage Pakistan’s natural resources and also improve students’ comprehension skills through competition.
According to Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan, “We have a Spellathon generation in Pakistan; students who have participated and learned about the country’s environment through the campaign. We are proud to say that the children of these participants are now registered in the campaign. We are also proud to say that the campaign has inspired a generation of students to adopt environment management as their profession and some of these individuals are now part of our organization.”
Around 25,000 students registered in the initial year of Spellathon, which has increased to over 150,000 students across Pakistan today.