Public Speaking at Parktown Girls High School
State of the Nation Debate
The Golden Key Society of the University of Johannesburg recently hosted a youth speech contest and debate for the very first time. Our public speaking club was fortunate to be invited, and we attended on 2 May with seven other schools from across Gauteng.
- The topic we were required to speak about was “South Africa in the eyes of a Teenager”, a very relevant topic given the recent elections.
- We were required to discuss controversial issues, specifically around our government, corruption, policing, education, infrastructure, crime etc.
- I represented our school in the speech contest, with the support of five other girls from Parktown, who participated in the question and answer portion of the debate.
- It was structured as a “State of the Nation” address. The speaker was allowed 10 minutes to deliver her/ his point of view, with 5 minutes for questions from the floor.
The panel of adjudicators were very impressive and included senior members of The Golden Key Society of UJ, and influential business women in science. The research I conducted in preparing the speech enlightened me about the various concerns and issues we face as a nation. All in all there was fierce competition for the speech and debate, however, it was successful in achieving its aim of encouraging the youth to debate current affairs of our country.
I was thrilled to win second position on behalf of Parktown Girls. We look forward to participating in more of these initiatives and encouraging more discussion and debate on such current affairs that directly impact us as youth. Report by Grade 11 Learner, Gadija Essop