Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Chelilim has asked the government to introduce the teaching of Scrabble in Kenyan schools to encourage and enhance creative and critical thinking skills.
Mr. Chelilim, while addressing the National Scrabble Tournament in Eldoret, emphasized the role that Scrabble plays in encouraging fast thinking and creating new words within a short period.
He reaffirmed his dedication to fostering the growth of various sports disciplines in the region. He advocated for the inclusion of Scrabble in schools’ core curriculum as well as extracurricular activities.
Wesley Korir, Chief Administrative Secretary for Sports and the Arts, said the government is committed to giving young people a voice through sports programs like Talenta Hela.
Adekoyejo Adegbesan, president of the Pan African Scrabble Association, has recognized Kenya’s potential in Scrabble and has asked for more funding to help spread the word.
Uasin Gishu needs to train and develop new Scrabble champions, said Limo Kipkemboi, president of Scrabble Kenya.
Sports Executive Eng Lucy Ng’endo of the county has announced several new initiatives to promote youth development and sports within the community.
This tournament coincides with Kenyan preparations for the 2023 World Scrabble Championships (July 22-26) in Las Vegas and the 2023 African Scrabble Youth Tournament (August 24-28) in Lagos, Nigeria.
How is Scrabble Played
- Each player starts with a set of letter tiles.
- Players take turns forming words on the game board.
- Words can be created vertically or horizontally, connecting to existing words.
- Tiles must be placed on the board, using at least one existing letter.
- Points are scored based on the letters used and special squares on the board.
- After forming a word, players replenish their tiles from the bag.
- Players can pass or exchange tiles if they can’t form a word.
- The game continues until all tiles are used or no more words can be formed.
- The player with the highest score at the end wins.