Maseru- As part of Vodacom’s dedication to improving educational outcomes in Lesotho, in partnership with the National University Lesotho (NUL), clash of brains Vodacom Foundation hosted the Vodacom –NUL clash of brains High School Debate competition.
Vodacom Foundation Manager Mpho Brown explained that the competition boast excellent opportunities for students to get the grip with speaking in public, hone their analytical skills, and build Opinions based on facts, evidence, and logic. He further indicated that they appreciate the transformative nature of this project which is aligned to their commitment to support education.
Aligning itself with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Vodacom Lesotho Foundation remains committed to using its resources, technology and expertise to drastically improve standards and develop its key focal areas. The fundamental areas include health, education, economic empowerment and gender equality.
This second annual edition of the competition was a clash among 11 high schools and these were: ‘Mabathoana, Sofia, NULIS, Botha-Bothe, Thetsane, Makhethisa, Ts’epo Christian, St. Stephens, Assumption, Mamathe and St. Boniface.
Sofia High School came out victorious in their specific motion and in the motion for the finals which was “This house believes that Lesotho is not an independent state”. Sofia took the gold medal, winning the school a brand new laptop, an LTE modem and one month internet connectivity.
Over and above that, was M1000 worth of school fees for each of the three students who made the team, which would be paid to their school via M-Pesa. For the final motions the students were expected to build their arguments on Economic Independence, Legal Independence Social Independence, Political Independence, UN Conventions and Legal Clauses & Statues and Treaties.
Botha Bothe high school came second, and walked away with a trophy and M750 worth of school fees for each of the three students that made the team, which will be paid to their schools via M-Pesa. Third place was taken by Mamathe High school, which got a trophy and M500 worth of school fees for each of the three students that made the team, which will be paid to their schools via M-Pesa.
Arguments for the day touched on that although Lesotho has ratified with the Africa Agenda 2063, its education system's non-inclusivity remains and the inefficiency of the legal system cripples the economic development of Lesotho. Moreover the debate addressed Lesotho’s dependence on international aid to healthcare which poses a threat to developing strong human resource base and that Lesotho’s education system is too crude for job market.
The event was held at NUL a fortnight ago and was graced by professionals from different walks of life with the intent to motivate, inspire, as well as share their education path stories. The competition was aimed to build a national team which would represent Lesotho at international high school debate competition every year.