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International Relations Freshman Ms. Maureen Njuguna refutes her opponent’s point during an Inter-Club Debate held on Wednesday, October 3 at the training restaurant in the Freida Brown Student Center. Listening intently are members of various clubs including officials of the Public Speaking Club which organized the event. PHOTO:DAN MUCHAI

By Sharon Wairimu

USIU-Africa’s Public Speaking Club achieved moderately remarkable success, when they competed at the Scholars Festival held at Kenyatta University from September 28-29. The festival was organized by the Kenya National Debate Council to evaluate how the youth and the private and public sectors can foster the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The festival, which featured debates, public speaking contests and a quiz challenge, attracted representatives from approximately twenty universities from Kenya and one from Uganda.

 

The club’s three teams advanced to the semi-finals of the debates, while two of the club’s members made it to the public speaking finals.

The Public Speaking Club provides a platform for students to learn, enhance and practise expression through writing, speech and debate.

The event provided a competitive space for them, beyond the club activities within campus, to challenge their communication, debating and public speaking skills.

Moving forward, the club has indicated it will seek out further opportunities for its members beyond the national level including participating in the upcoming Pan-African Universities Debate Championships 2018 to be held in Tanzania this December.