Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most education-orientated heritage sites, will once again become host to school learners when they put their arguments against one another at the annual Debating League finale to be held this Sunday, 3 December 2017.
Having begun in 2010 with just sixteen schools, the tournament’s footprint has grown in leaps and bounds. This year’s edition began in the first week of August, with 670 learners from 67 schools across Gauteng signed up. The learners were divided into junior (grades eight and nine) and senior (grades 10 and 11) teams. The first weekend was spent on training, and then the learners went through three rounds of competition. Now there are two junior and two senior teams left. The topics always revolve around constitutionalism, democracy and human rights.
Partners for the tournament include the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law, the Gauteng Department of Education, the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and the Claude Leon Foundation charitable trust.
Constitution Hill’s long term strategic objective in the tournament is to champion constitutional education, by exposing learners to the South African Constitution and the crucial role of the Constitutional Court. The league also develops and equips school learners with research and public speaking skills. Every year the league continues to expand exponentially in significance and reach.
The debating finale is free and open to the public.
Date: 3 December 2017
Venue: Constitutional Court Auditorium, Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg