Goromonzi High School Debate Team U.S. Bound

The winning team: Lewis Mboko (17); Melbourne Nyamadzawo (17) and Kudakwashe Magodo (16)
The winning team: Lewis Mboko (17); Melbourne Nyamadzawo (17) and Kudakwashe Magodo (16)

The Goromonzi High School Debate Team will represent Zimbabwe at this year’s USA World Schools Debate Invitational in Dallas, Texas. The event, organized by theNational Speech & Debate Association, will be held on June 14 and is expected to end on June 19, 2015.

The Mashonaland East based school has lined up three students: Lewis Mboko (17); Melbourne Nyamadzawo (17) and Kudakwashe Magodo (16) who beat 20 other schools in the National High School Debate contest organized by the Contemporary Affairs Foundation (CAF).

“We are both excited and very confident because we believe in the intellectual power which lies within us as Zimbabweans,” said Lewis, an A Level student at the school. “Our debate club has won several competitions locally, including those organized by the Environmental Management Agency as well as by the National Association of Non-Government Organizations (NANGO).” Lewis is a Junior Parliamentarian and currently serves as the Governor for Mashonaland East in the Junior Parliament.

“It will be my first experience travelling to a first world country and meeting people in a technological advanced environment. I really look forward to the meetings so I can have a chance to exchange ideas with my counterparts from other parts of the world,” said Kudakwashe, currently doing her O level studies at the school.

Goromonzi High school Headmaster, Abisha Mujeni, paid tribute to teachers Alexio Chingosho and Rejoyce Chikodzi for their efforts in tutoring the students to the local championships and the international tourney. “Debate and public speaking at Goromonzi High school have performed tremendously well in the past two years, and this success is greatly owed to two of our district teachers who have been at the helm of events,” said Mujeni. He said the school was still fundraising to raise the full amount required by the airlines. The fundraising is being spearheaded by the school’s development association and a fundraising dinner has been scheduled for Maestro restaurant in Harare on June 6, 2015, he said.

Despite the challenges, the debate team’s chaperone, Rejoyce Chikodzi, said the team had already started preparations for the American sojourn. “We know the challenge will be that most of the topics might be foreign, but we have trained our students to conduct online research as well as to use reference materials and written documents including newspapers and to speak with renowned scholars on the subjects being debated,” she said.

The USA World Schools Debate Invitational will feature six rounds of competition on both prepared and impromptu motions followed by elimination debates at the double-octofinal level and culminating in a final round before a large crowd of National Tournament attendees.- ZimPAS © May 19, 2015