The English-Speaking Union organized the 12th edition of its annual National Spelling Bee Competition during the month of May 2013.  The Finals were held on Thursday 30th May 2013 at the Town Hall of Curepipe.

The Spelling Bee is a competition where participants are asked to spell English words.   The concept originates from the  United States and today Spelling Bee competitions for English are held in many countries amongst which the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and India.

Spellers experience the satisfaction of learning new words, improving their spelling and increasing their vocabulary in the English language.

The four winners (Form I, II, III & IV) of the 2013 National Spelling Bee Competition are:

  Name of Winner School
Form 1 Pratima Ramjeeawon Mahatma Gandhi Secondary School, Flacq
Form II Tanvee Proag Droopnath Ramphul State College
Form III Neha Ramsurrun Queen Elizabeth College
Form IV M. Nabil Khodabaccus Royal College, Curepipe




The Spelling Bee, intended for students of Form I, II, III and IV, is considered as one of the important activities of many Secondary schools.   This year, seven heats were held across the island.  The number of participants rose to 508 students from 131 schools.  However, a much bigger number of students are touched by this activity yearly as ESU encourages all schools to run their own in-house competition before they proceed with the final selection of candidates who take part in the ESU competition.

The Sponsors for this year’s competition are : The Embassy of the United States of America, the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, Reinsurance Solutions, Currimjee Foundation and the Municipal Council of Curepipe.

All finalists received a consolation prize offered by the US Embassy, gifts from the Mauritius Commercial Bank and a certificate of participation from the English-Speaking Union.

The winners were also offered a prize by Her Excellency Shari Vilarossa,  Ambassador of the United States of America, a cash voucher from Mrs Brigitte Constantin representing the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, and medal and a certificate from the English-Speaking Union.

For more information, please contact,

Anne-Marie Ahkine

Executive Assistant

The English-Speaking Union

Tel: 208 8591


30th May 2013