Zimbabwe Open University students impressed at the just ended Impact Africa Debate and Public speaking tournament that was held in Botswana recently. The  event was held in Gaborone at Indaba Lodge from 18 to 22 December 2017.

ZOU was represented by Harare Regional Campus President, Tariro Mukunga and Bulawayo Regional Campus duo of Locadia Maseko and Wadzanai Makoni.

The ZOU debate team comprising of Maseko, Mukunga and Makoni, put up an impressive performance and reached the finals of the competition and came second. Makoni was also voted the Tournament’s best Public Speaker and was awarded a trophy for excelling in that category while Mukunga came third in the same category.

Centre for Student Management (CSM) official, Mr Philip Gazimbe accompanied the students to Botswana.

A total of seven debating teams and 11 public speakers took part in the competition. The teams comprised students from the following countries: Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Botswana. From Zimbabwe there were teams from Masvingo Polytechnic and the Zimbabwe Open University. Botswana was represented by one team from the University of Botswana and Nigeria was represented by four teams from the University of Igbinedion.

Impact Africa Debate and Public Speaking Championships are held every year for tertiary institutions.

The objectives of the debate championships is to create a forum in which the future leaders can be exposed to new ideas, discuss topical issues and be challenged to think critically, to bring together intellectual students across Africa, and engage them in debates and educational exposure that will increase their critical thinking skills and foster leadership; to build a culture of debate that extends from schools to all areas of society and to develop structures that spread, support and encourage debate in Africa, acting as an impetus for development

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