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Persuasive talkers represent Enfield

Published Monday, 22 June 2015

On Friday 3 July, seven girls from Enfield Council secondary schools will battle against other boroughs to be crowned champions in the London Debate Challenge.

This London-wide competition organised by the English Speaking Union will test their persuasive argument, their passion and their ability to fine tune their performances for the final debates in this inter – borough event at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University College in Central London, .

Teacher, Rebecca Nyamah at Winchmore School, where the team has been preparing, says, “The girls are brimming with confidence and are thrilled to be representing the borough. This is a great experience for them and it has been great fun helping them build in confidence.

“Fiona Whytehead of Locus Coaching for Enfield Council’s school enrichment programme has provided additional support and they have responded extremely well to her excellent training.”

 Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, added, “This is good experience for young people requiring good communication, intellectual challenge and research skills.

“Through the council’s school enrichment programme we are able to offer extensive opportunities to our children of all ages and bring out their talents. Good luck to our Enfield team.”

The main team of five debaters includes:14 year olds: Sharon Mehari from Enfield County; Zahra Alawoad, from St Anne’s; Isla Lockhart from Southgate School, Amaani Ghazi 13 from Winchmore School; and Ianthe Wainer 14 from Enfield County with reserves from Enfield County Eden Prince 14 and Megan Meagre13.

Debates will take place throughout the day as the 23 competing teams are gradually reduced for the grand final later in the afternoon.

Three controversial subjects will be debated in the morning:
 Motion 1: This House believes that the UK should use nuclear power rather than renewable energy to solve our energy crisis.
 Motion 2: This house believes that reality TV does more harm than good.
 Motion 3: This house would allow the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport.
 Grand Final: This house would make voting compulsory. The final will happen before an audience of approximately 200 people and the judges.
 This will be followed by awards, speeches and prizes.

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