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19 February 2008

Gaborone Tirelo Rotary Club Schools

Tirelo Rotary Club of Gaborone alongside the University of Botswana Debating Masters Association will host a one day debating tournament on February 23rd at the University of Botswana. The tournament will start at 8 am until 6pm and will be among Gaborone private and public Secondary Schools. These schools are St Josephs College, Legae Academy, Naledi Senior Secondary, Maruapula, Ledumang, Gaborone Senior Secondary, Westwood and Al-Nur.

The tournament will have 3 preliminary knockout debates before the finals and will run along the World Schools debating method. The University of Botswana Debating Masters Association will through out the week offer pre-tournament workshops to all the schools involved. A provisional list of the top 10 speaker from the participating students will be selected and short listed pending final selection of a National debating Team after the School Debating Championships to be held in Maun in April of this year. The top 5 debaters in Botswana will then proceed to represent Botswana in the African Schools Debating Championships happening in Johannesburg in May and the World Schools Debating Championships in Washington D.C this September.

Rotary Club and the UB debating masters are committed to making the tournament well organized and professionally run. A panel of 28 judges made up of UB debaters and UB accredited adjudicators has been put in place and is undergoing final training. The organizing committee for the tournament includes, veteran debater Mr Lesang Magang as the Chief Adjudicator, Deputy Chief Adjudicators-Mr Tebogo Taylor Mogotsi and Oteng Chilume, Tournament Convener is former Big Brother Africa Housemate Justice Motlhabani,Tournament Director is world championship top speaker Kevin Segadimo, Thabo Bogatsu running the tournament Tab and world championships quarterfinalist Maswabi Maswabi directing tournament Logistics.

There will be more than 60 debaters at the tournament expected to compete in 16 debates that will be going on simultaneously. Rotary Club has committed to providing the winning team with shields and certificates. Topics for the tournament are on peace and democracy. Rotary club and UB debating masters hopes the competition will foster appreciation for logical argumentation and critical thinking, and that it will help develop future leaders. Tournament Convener Justice Motlhabani says that the tournament aims to stimulate and propel the development of debate across Botswana. “Our concern is that at a time when there is much talk and excitement about the African Renaissance and the establishment of the African Union it is very easy to get caught up in discussions about infrastructure and trade and to forget how critical the development of human capital will be for the advancement of Africa. At this tournament students will gain increased confidence and communication skills, this knowledge results in pupils trained in debating being able to contribute more meaningfully to civil society”

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