Setlalekgosi Junior Secondary School’s Debate and Public Speaking Club hoisted the national flag high at the just ended Regional Debate Championships in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania.
Five students from the historic Francistown school won individual prizes in all the available categories at the March 28th-3rd April competition.
The five students; Prince Saulosi, Phemo Chaba, Tendayi Jonathan, Katlego Baruti and Weno Phatshwane together with their coach Constance Mokiya were given a fitting welcome back parade by the school last Thursday.
Speaking to Voice Sports, Mokiya; an English teacher at the school said the trip was long planned after her team did well at a competition held in Gaborone in September last year.
“We sent our team to a competition held at the Gaborone High Court last year. We were the only junior school competing with other senior schools and we did exceptionally well,” she said.
Mokiya said two of her team members, Baruti and Saulosi made it into the top 8, automatically qualifying for the Championship in Tanzania.
“Only the best senior and best junior schools were to be selected to go to Tanzania and Setlalekgosi emerged as the best Junior school,” she added elatedly.
Baruti continued with her impressive showing in Dar es Salaam getting position one for Runners-Up Moot Court and third in Public Speaking.
In the Quiz category, the trio of Chaba, Phatshwane and Jonathan got position four while Saulosi and Baruti were in the Top Five Best oralists. To top it all off, team coach Mokiya was named the Best Public Speaking coach.
The winning coach said the Debate and Public Speaking Club has always been known for its remarkable performance both within and outside the region.
“The motto for the club is “Let our voices be heard around the world”. It is a co curriculuar club which aims at exploring varied areas of human experiences. It integrates and grooms students on listening, reading, writing as well as grammar and vocabulary hence a driving force for good performance from the learners,” she said.
She further said their objectives are to help learners/debaters to understand and communicate various forms of arguments effectively in a variety of contexts.
For his part, an equally elated School Head Baboloki Bajiti said debate is good for students as it instills and builds confidence.
Bajiti expressed his gratitude towards Lavic Consultants, Northern Textiles, Parents and Teachers Association, Mr and Mrs Mosojane and Minister of Basic Education Bagalatia Arone for making the trip a reality.