Students at Namikasi secondary school in the commercial capital Blantyre will now have a chance of improving their fluency in English as well as public speaking following a launch of the Public Speaking and Debate Club over the weekend.
The brain-child of two female teachers at the school, Yankho Mulamba and Grace Mpeusa the club is also a way of providing alternative extra curricula activities for the students.
“After doing a thorough research, we have discovered that Namikasi has got a lot of students with the potential in public speaking and debating in English but unfortunately they lack proper coaching, thus the idea of having a Public Speaking and Debate Club,” says Mulamba.
She also says the club, seeks to encourage English speaking among the learners, teach skills in presentation, public speaking and debate, and provide a forum for discussing emerging issues that affect their lives like HIV/AIDS, drugs and teenage pregnancies.
According to Mulamba the launch was graced with the presence of a legal advocate officer at the Ministry of Justice Fatsani Chafunsa who she says emphasized on the importance of English for getting employed.
“We thought it proper to invite a guest who uses English every day at work” she says.
Mulamba says during the event whose theme was “for better English” members of the club displayed activities like, poems, drama and speeches which not only showed the history of English but also thoroughly explained importance of speaking English.
Mulamba says the club will soon hold debates with other schools and public talks on issues affecting secondary students.
“By the end of three years we hope Namikasi would become a completely English speaking zone and the home of best public speaking and debate team in the South West Division,” she says.