First Mutual Life hosts the Association Of Trust Schools Juniors Debate Competition.

First Mutual Life, hosted the inaugural Association of Trust Schools (ATS) juniors’ debate competition with eighteen schools participating from Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Marondera, Masvingo, and Chinhoyi. The participating schools included Arundel High School, Chisipite High School, Christian Brothers College, Dominican Convent Bulawayo, Eaglesvale, Falcon College, Gateway School, Hellenic Academy, Kyle College, Girls College, Goldridge College, Lomagundi College, Masiyephabili College, Peterhouse Boys, Petra High School, St Georges College, St Johns College, Watershed and Westridge High School.

In her opening remarks, The Head in charge of ATS High schools debate in Zimbabwe, Sister Rudo Matsika OP from the Dominican Convent Bulawayo highlighted that the aim of the tournament was to to widen exposure of debate, to make debate a nationwide as well as a worldwide experience, to create a league that will be continued for years to come and to improve eloquence and confidence in students.” Our theme for this tournament is coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. We have dared to start, we promise to keep together and make progress as well as to continue working together and be successful. At this, juniors ATS debate Tournament, we have had 18 Schools participating and we hope to intensify the culture of debate in Trust Schools”, she said.

This was further echoed by the Guest of Honour, the National Sales & Distribution Marketing Executive of First Mutual Life, Mr Nkosikhona Ndlovu asserting that, “As First Mutual Life, besides our passion to promote children, what gave us the impetus to support the debate competition ladies and gentlemen is the value that comes out of debating for the students, schools, corporates and ultimately the nation at large. Debate develops skills and knowledge that equips students to articulate their views in a logical, researched and well thought out manner, which I am sure you will all agree is an integral part of life skills and is needed at every step of the journey of life, be it at university, home, church or on the work front. Beyond their academic careers, debaters tend to enjoy success in the world of work and tend to become leaders in their schools and communities because they develop strong listening skills, tact, self-confidence, and often take on strong leadership roles within their teams. These are attributes that we look for in a person if one is to be considered for employment anywhere in the world”, he said.

Petra High School is the winner of the ATS juniors’ debate competition with Dominican Convent Bulawayo as the 1st runner up, St Georges College 2nd runner up and Arundel School third runner up. The best male speaker is Mduduzi Mhlanga and the best female speaker is Kimberly Chitando from Hellenics School.

The inaugural ATS seniors’ debate competition was held in May 2016 in Harare. It is envisaged that the competitions will be an annual event both for the seniors and juniors debaters from the Association of Trust Schools.

The host for the debate competition, First Mutual Life is a socially responsible corporate citizen and continues to nurture talent through supporting activities such as the recently held NASH athletics competition, ATS debate competition, among others. The organisation plays a significant role in the education sector through the First Mutual Foundation which provides orphans and vulnerable children country wide with educational support to reintegrate into formal school.