The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students representing different countries.
“This year marks the 35th year of the Championship and Clifton School are proud to be hosting it from the 27th of March to the 2nd of April 2023,” says Shaun McCabe – Director of the Arts & International Programmes Coordinator.
The Championship is represented by a diverse mix of high schools from countries as far reaching as Australia and Hong Kong, Canada and the United States, England and Lithuania, Pakistan and India, South Korea and China as well as South Africa. “This year we will see an unprecedented five African nations represented,” says McCabe.
The Championship is an innovative event which requires students to interact and collaborate with like-minded peers from diverse and different schools, cultural backgrounds and countries. Each participant must compete in four different events: Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
“The challenging environment provides an avenue for individual students not only to practice and test their oratorical skills but to value the importance of the art of expression.”
The Championship is aligned with the ideals of excellence, identity, the art of expression, the ability to communicate and gain recognition and respect for one’s ideas and opinions. It targets tomorrow’s leaders – students in a global market who must learn to interact and collaborate with peers from diverse schools, cultural backgrounds and countries.
Photo: Clifton members of the SA Team of 20 competing at the upcoming World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship (L-R) Michael Langston, Damien Butt and Jake Savage with Mr Shaun McCabe.
For further information please visit www.cliftonschool.co.za or contact Haley de Charmoy: Clifton School Marketing & Communications Manager on (031) 312 2147 or email: [email protected]