Secondary schools debating competition kicks off
By: Tombura James
At least six Secondary Schools have started debating competition in Juba.
Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Mrs. Layet Agnes, Administrator of Finance for Boruboru National Association South Sudan (BBNASS) said they have been carrying the same events in Juba since 2015 and their aim was not to let the students compete to win, but to educate and train the students on how to participate in disseminating messages about the dangers of early child and forced marriages to the societies.
She said the practice would enable the students to be partakers in eliminating such malpractices in order to ease the work of the government and the NGOs in the country.
“Boruboru National Association motivates the participating students through provision of scholarships for best performing players in primary school football tournaments, financial support in form of cash, scholastic materials and T. Shirts.” Layet said.
The debate competition was organized by Boruboru National Association South Sudan (BBNASS) with support from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) under the theme; “Eliminating early child and forced marriage in South Sudan.”
On Wednesday St. Thomas Secondary School versus Bright Boma Star Secondary school had a debate hosted by St. Thomas Secondary School with a motion; “The government has done more to end child and forced marriage.” St. Thomas managed to be the champion as the proposers and awarded with a trophy although every participant from both sides were rewarded with cash money as a motivation to them.
Tito Mustafa, one of the participants who represented St. Thomas expressed his gratitude to the organizing and partners saying it was through such debate that students come to know each other, express their views and cooperate with students from other schools.
Khamisa Bol, a participant from Bright Boma Star Secondary School said she had learnt a lot from the debate adding she could now share ideas on how early child and forced marriage can be eliminated from South Sudan.
She added that it was through the debate that they could gain confidence, know their errors and have chance to raise their voices as a concern to the communities in order to help them where necessary, especially the government.