Learner Competitions



As part of the Read to Lead Campaign, the DBE hosts the DBE Spelling Bee South Africa (National spelling bee championship) annually. A spelling bee is a game in which the participants compete in spelling words orally. The National spelling bee championship which targets learners in Grade 4 to 6 (the intermediate phase) is aimed at improving learners' performance in languages, especially in English. 

A call is hereby made for all schools with the intermediate phase to encourage learners to participate in the 2017 National spelling bee championship.


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Although South Africa has come a long way since the dawn of democracy; language, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic inequities and divisions are still evident. These divisions emphasise the importance for young people to become knowledgeable of their constitutional rights and values, as well as the principles of the country’s Supreme Law to develop active and disciplined citizenry.


The DBE, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Universities of Pretoria, Venda and the Western Cape, the Foundation for Human Rights and the Law Society of South Africa, hosts the National Schools Moot Court Competition on an annual basis. Since its inception in 2011, the National Schools Moot Court Competition has managed to explore various sections of The Bill of Rights such as Rights, Equality, Freedom of expression and Human Dignity and offers a dialogic and experiential platform for the youth to experiment with the actual application of the country’s laws. 


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The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is implementing an education programme called 2020 Vision for Water Education Programme (2020 VWEP). It is aimed at educating learners about efficient use of water, protection of water sources, health and hygiene for a healthy life, invasive alien species and water safety. It engages learners and educators in various educational projects. Through this programme the young people and their community become ambassadors for the Department. The youth in schools have been identified as the primary target audience because they play a crucial role in changing the mindset of the communities. Hence “Educate a child to educate the Nation”. The South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) is one of the projects that will assist us in making sure that we achieve this.







For more information: 

Jabu Mongale

Phone: 053 839 6628 

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Astro Quiz is an annual competition which is organised by the south African Agency for Science and Technology advancement (SAASTA)) in collaboration with the Northern Cape Department of Education. The competition is aimed at grade 7 learners with themes based on astronomy.


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Completed entry forms including a list of participating learners must be forwards to Ms Mosa van Wyk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Natural Science Olympiad is an annual competition conducted by the South African Agency for science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) in partnership with the Department of Education. The Natural Science Olympiad targets Grade 4-9 learners and will be written on 5 May 2016.


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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is a non-profit organisation which aims to advance the Mathematics, development and education of South African learners through quality teaching and learning of Mathematics through public awareness activities. SAMF is involved in learner and teacher development, advocacy and research through a series of projects throughout the ear.


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Y-CAP initiative has been endorsed by the Department of Basic Education. The competition helps the youth take action through school-based projects that addresses issue of concern and relevance in their specific environment. These issues range from teenage pregnancy and substance abuse to waste management.


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This completion forms part of the Departments contribution to the strengthening of the teaching and learning of History in our schools. It is also part of the Department ongoing initiative to encourage all learner to develop an understanding, not only of the broad history of South Africa, but also of the richness of the histories of their local communities.


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EduPlant 2016 Competition


All South African schools that have been growing permaculture food gardens are invited to enter the competition.  70 schools representing all nine provinces will be invited to attend the finals workshop in October 2016, where judging will take place. There is R300 000 worth of prizes up for graps including resources for our schools and community.

Should schools need more information they can contact their respective District NSNP officials or Khulu Mapatsi and Ernest Molusi who are responsible for Sustainable Food Production in Schools at provincial office.

Completed entry forms and food garden profiles can be handed in at all NSNP offices.


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