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On Tuesday, 6 March 2012, more than 7 300 learners from 350 schools will write the annual national De Beers English Olympiad examination.

The De Beers English Olympiad’s main aim is to enrich learners through the self-study of English and to encourage critical thinking and creative writing. The competition has been sponsored by De Beers for 36 years and is jointly organised by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education (SACEE).

Each year sees the number of entries increase - in 2010, there were 6314 entries and last year, 6748 candidates wrote the three hour open-book exam.

This year also sees a big increase in the number of English First Additional Language (FAL) candidates. The Olympiad is piloting an English Development Initiative (EDI) to focus on assisting and enriching FAL candidates’ participation in the De Beers English Olympiad.

The theme for this year’s exam is When Urban meets Rural and draws on poetry from an anthology entitled “Small Town, Big Voice”.  The anthology features poems from South African poets, Chris Mann, Harry Owen and Don Maclennan.

Candidates receive a certificate recording their achievement in the exam, and the top three candidates will win an all-expenses-paid literary tour to England. The top 15 candidates are invited to attend the National Schools Festival in Grahamstown, where a prize giving is held and the rank order of the top 100 winners is announced. The top 50 candidates are each awarded a full tuition scholarship for a first year of study at Rhodes University, subject to them meeting the university’s entrance requirements. For additional information, please contact the Olympiad Officer on (046) 603 1145, or email olympiad@foundation.org.za.

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