Mabikwa High Takes Top Prize in the Lupane Bilingual High Schools Public Speaking Competition

Part of the students attending the public speaking contest

Part of the students attending the public speaking contest

NYDT has successfully held the first ever Lupane High Schools Bilingual Public Speaking Competition, marking a milestone in school going youths’ expression of views and ideas on issues of national interest in the region.

The competition which was held at Mabikwa High school on 2 October 2009 drew participants from more than 10 schools including Regina Mundi, Fatima and Jotshotsholo high schools amongst others.

NYDT took the same themes used in last month’s Bulawayo High Schools Public Speaking competitions which covered concerns on the constitution making process in Zimbabwe, National healing, the inclusive government, youth migration and sustainable development, to be discussed further by youths in Lupane.

Adjudicators to the event Ms Sithandazile Dube and Xolani Sithole had a tough task choosing a winner and expressed that they were impressed by the level of research and critical analysis demonstrated by the young people. This they said was a demonstration of the untapped talent amongst youths in remote Zimbabwe who were hardly given any platforms to be heard or to express their views.

Mabikwa high school took away two of the most prestigious prizes on the day with Forgive Sibanda, and A’ level student at the school coming first. York Yeukai Mazango an O’level student at the same school became first runner up with Fatima student Tatenda S. Ndlovu walking away with the third prize.

NYDT’s acting programmes manager Mr Mmeli Dube said this was the first of annual Public speaking competitions that will be held in the province to promote the freedom of expression amongst youths as well as to encourage the involvement of young people in raising awareness on the problems they face in their communities and nationally.

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