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​For the next couple of days, the City of Johannesburg will play host to more than 150 young and outspoken public speakers and champion debaters who will be vying for honours at the Pan African Schools Debating Championships.

The event, which takes place over six days, will include participants from Africa, Argentina, Canada, USA, Slovenia, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The Speaker of Council, Councillor Vasco da Gama, has endorsed the championships and will host the delegates on 4 July 2019 in the Council Chamber, Braamfontein, for the grand finale.  

Cllr Da Gama said in his welcome message: “The art of debating is a unique skill requiring critical thinking, acumen in public speaking and presentation skills.  For a number of years I have been encouraging young leaders in schools across Joburg to become engaged in critical debates across a range of pertinent topics.  I am excited to hear your opinions and look forward to hearing your debates on 04 July 2019.”

The Junior Mayor of the Joburg Student Council, Councillor Tahir Tayob, an avid debater himself, encouraged young leaders to join in this prestigious event. He said that one of the biggest conversation planned for the tournament will be based around what brings us together as Africans and citizens of the world.

The championships aim to:
Bridge the gap between African schools debating and the rest of the world
Develop quality engagement among pupils
Develop honest engagement and conversations around Pan-Africanism
Introduce pupils from all over the world to African flavours

More information can be obtained by visiting:
 Twitter @PanAfricanDebates​