The “1st International Scrabble Championship” for schoolchildren was held in Lalmonirhat's Kaliganj upazila on Sunday.
Kaliganj Karim Uddin Public School organised the daylong word game competition in its playground.
Among the participants, 10 were students from nine schools in Nepal, while 66 were students from 32 schools in Bangladesh.
The board game is popular around the world as it is a great tool for building vocabulary.
Keshab Prasad Parajuli, a teacher at Singh Secondary School in Nepal, said the game gained popularity in at least 32 districts in Nepal and its popularity is growing in the rest of the country.
He also said he believe that its popularity in Bangladesh will grow soon.
Nisha Bhattaraj, a student at Nepal's KEF Secondary School, said she has been playing Scrabble since 2016 and her English vocabulary is getting richer through playing it.
“Mobile application Scrabble Word Checker (with Collins Scrabble Words 2015) should be consulted to confirm spellings during the game,” she added.
Rasel Islam, a student participant from Bangladesh, said, he has been playing this interesting game since January this year. “I will continue to play this game as it really helps me learn the English language.”
Khurshiduzzaman Ahmed, the headteacher of Kaliganj Karim Uddin Public School and also the coordinator of the competition, said, encouraged by its success in Nepal, he would take steps to popularise Scrabble among students in all schools in the country and students in his school have so far been keen on learning the game.
Scrabble helps not only build vocabulary, but also develop strategic, intellectual and social bonding skills. Moreover, the highly competitive fun game can be beneficial to a person's emotional wellbeing through developing confidence, Khurshiduzzaman added.