Young Educators Foundation (YEF), organisers of The Spelling Bee-Gh, is sending a note of caution to individuals and organisations who are defrauding or seek to defraud unsuspecting parents by using The Spelling Bee-Gh brand.
“It has come to the attention of Young Educators Foundation, organisers of The Spelling Bee-Gh, that one Majid Abdallah-Williams, who lists his place(s) of work as Accra Digital Centre and Main Events companies, is passing off The Spelling Bee-Gh programme as his company’s,” a statement from YEF said.
The statement noted that, for the record, The Spelling Bee-Gh is the only spelling competition on the African continent that sends children to the world-renowned Scripps National Spelling Bee, USA.
“We hold the exclusive rights to send our Ghanaian Spellers who qualify through the The Spelling Bee-Gh to Scripps National Spelling Bee, USA. Our sponsors include Indomie, DSTV and Kenya Airways who are exclusively signed on to The Spelling Bee-Gh.
We have been informed by well-meaning parents whose wards and children are interested in participating in spelling competition and taking part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, USA through The Spelling Bee-Gh that Majid Abdallah-Williams informs unsuspecting would-be parents that his spelling competition has been sending children from Ghana to the Scripps Spelling Bee in the USA.
This is totally false and untrue. He also goes on to deceive the said parents into thinking that his sponsors are the same Indomie, DSTV and Kenya Airways, the sponsors of The Spelling Bee-Gh,” the statement, signed by Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of The Spelling Bee-Gh, added.
While noting that the Young Educators Foundation do not hold the position as the sole organisation or entity in Ghana capable of holding an English spelling programme, to mislead Ghanaians into thinking that his spelling programme is The Spelling Bee-Gh amounts to ‘passing off’ and is indeed a fraudulent misrepresentation which is criminal.
“We are aware of other spelling programmes in English being run by others organisations in Ghana. Matter of fact, we have lent our support to some of such organisations who have asked us to,” the statement said, adding that “our lawyers have been contacted and are taking all legal means to safeguard our brand and legal action against Mr. Majid Abdallah-Williams. We will protect our brand and that of our partners’ as far as the laws of the land will allow us.”
“Anyone interested in participating in a spelling competition through The Spelling Bee-Gh with the aim of participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee in the USA should kindly contact our offices on these numbers 0249106220/0246307355 or by email at [email protected]”