A thrilling climax to select Ghana's best young debater

A thrilling climax to select Ghana's best young debater
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com |Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: 09-03-2018 Time: 03:03:45:pm
Bryan Achiampong, winner 2016

The race to select which Senior High School represents the country at this year's International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) will come to a climax on Saturday. 

The Young Debaters, a local version of IPSC is an English educational programme is a public speaking event targeted at Senior High School (SHS) students. 

The programme which has been running for over 30 years encourages them to think rigorously and critically, whilst promoting problem-solving and innovative thinking.

The competition is in several stages, during which participants illustrate their public speaking skills and mastery of words and concepts, with the hope of winning the title for their country.

Young Educators Foundation (YEF) has been commissioned by the English Speaking Union (ESU) to run the competition in Ghana. 

IPSC provides the opportunity to students aged between 16 and 20 years old, from all around the world, to compete during an annual cultural exchange and public speaking event.

With this programme, YEF seeks to give young people practical experience in the fundamental skills of public speaking as well as inspire young people to develop critical skills and communication skills.

Participating in the international competition will also afford them a chance to meet, exchange and form friendships with students from other countries.

This year, 20 participants from Aburi Girls SHS, Presbyterian Boys SHS, Accra Academy and Achimota SHS underwent training to prepare them for the competition.

Based on the theme chosen by IPSC for the 2018 competition: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”, the 20 speakers chose topics and prepared their speeches which they will deliver before a panel of seasoned orators.

The winner of the 2018 edition of The Young Debaters in Ghana will win an all-expense paid trip to the UK to represent Ghana at IPSC in May 2018.

In 2016, Bryan Achiampong of Ashesi University represented Ghana at IPSC in London were had the opportunity to meet Lord Paul Boateng, a member of UK Parliament. 

Mr Achiampong was one of the only two Africans among a field of 48 speakers from all around the globe; he was one of the six grand finalists and received an award as such.


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