The Zimbabwe national debate team are looking forward creating history again ahead of the World Schools Debating Championships which will be held on 26 July to 5 August.
Team Zimbabwe comprises Menzimuhle Ncube who is the captain (St Columbus High), Muvaki Nhlema (St Georges College), Providence Nhongo (St Georges College), Bongani Bryan Dube (Mtshabezi High School) and Methembe Mthimkhulu (Mzilikazi High School).
They were crowned champions at the Dutch Schools’ Debate tournament which was held on 28 to 30 May, with Netherlands playing host to over 50 teams from 20 countries.
The gaffer of the team Maison Peterson Maphosa, a decorated world acclaimed debater who is the founder of Royal Pact Debate Academy (RPDA), said they were looking forward to making history with his team.
He said coaching the national team had given him purpose in life to continue engaging with young African students in helping them realise their dream in the world of debate.
“It’s a good feeling to be team coach to these talented students who have the passion for learning. We are practising so hard everyday and distance between us is not an obstacle as we have mastered practising virtually.
“Yes, we are Dutch schools debate champions but as we prepare for the upcoming tournament, we will debate with a different mindset, that of not bragging as champions but that of people who want to win again,” said Maphosa from his base in Australia.
He said the future of his team was bright as it had a number of young students who will still be participating under team Zimbabwe next year.
“Menzimuhle the team captain is currently doing his lower 6, meaning he will be there again next year, Muvaki Nhlema as well will be eligible to debate next year.
“I believe this is just the beginning of great things for Zimbabwe debating, we are ready to transform the country’s debate into world class,” said Maphosa.
Nhlema was announced the best speaker at the Dutch tournament with Ncube and Mthimkhulu announced as fourth and ninth best speakers respectively; history that Maphosa is sure will repeat itself in the upcoming tournament.