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27 April 2008

African Schools Debating Championships

The second Annual African Schools Debating Championships begin in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week. The event will involve teams from Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa (open and development), Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as teams from some of South Africa's top schools. The South African team are the defending champions.

As well as high-level competitive debate between the teams, the event will expose students to panel discussions and presentations by prominent guest speakers. Some of the highlights will include:
- Obenewa Amponsah of the Steve Biko Foundation discussing "What does it mean to be an Africa?"
- The ANC Youth League, Young Communists League, Freedom Front Plus Youth discussing Transformation at Tertiary Institutions
- Danzel van Zyl from the SA Human Rights Commission discussing "South Africa's role in international human rights advocacy"
- Prof Mike Ward (Graduate School of Management, University of Pretoria & Gordon Institute of Business Science) - "Capitalism: Shareholder or Stakeholder Societies"
- Eusebius McKaiser (PhD Philosophy, Oxford and Analyst at McKinsey) "Why Richard Dawkins and Christians are in the same irrational boat”

The final of this event will be held on Saturday, 3 May 2008 and will be hosted by the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg.

For more information and to keep track of the results (which will hopefully be updated daily), please visit the ASDC website

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