STUDENTS from Mtshabezi High School in Gwanda dominated this year’s contemporary affairs foundation (CA-F) schools’ public speaking challenge grand finale, with two boys coming first and second respectively.
The winner, Zibusiso Ndlovu, came out tops in the competition held at CA-F headquarters in Bulawayo last week and will represent Zimbabwe at an international schools debate final in Britain sometime in May.
Ndlovu outwitted his peer, Charming Dube, a Lower Six student at Mtshabezi, who attained 11 straight As at Ordinary Level.
The finale featured six finalists selected from the country’s schools and they included three students from Sizane High School, Siphosenkosi Mpofu, Prosperity Ndlovu and Denzel Ngwenya as well as Hannah Muramba a Form Three student from Mhinda High School.
The contestants made speeches guided by the 2014 international theme “Imagination is more Important than education”.
“I am happy to have made it to the international finals, this means a lot to me and it also definitely means I have to work hard on fine tuning my speech,” Zibusiso, who could not hide his excitement, said.
He said travelling to compete in London will broaden his horizons and give him an opportunity to interact with public speakers from the world over. CA-F executive director Innocent Batsani Ncube said they were working towards scaling up the public speaking competition to reach as many schools in the country.