Denson Dube

First Mutual Life, for the third consecutive year supported the Association of Trust Schools (ATS) juniors’ debate competition which saw eighteen schools participating from Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Marondera, Masvingo, and Chinhoyi.  The participating schools included Arundel School, Chisipite Senior School, Christian Brothers College, Dominican Convent Bulawayo, Eaglesvale Senior School, Falcon College, Gateway School, Hellenic Academy, Kyle College, Girls’ College, Goldridge College, Lomagundi College, Midlands Christian College, Petra College Senior, St Georges College, St Johns College, Watershed College and Westridge High School.


The debate competition ran from the 19th of May 2018 to the 20th of May 2018.  The Vice Principal of the host school Girls’ College Mrs Betty Dube,  stated that since the ATS Debate started three years ago the quality of debate continuous to improve as the students acquire a lot of intellectual skills including research, quick thinking and confidence in public among many skills which are vital skills in life. She added that debating is an activity that promotes a creative mind, a sense of tolerance and understanding as well as confidence to express and act on one’s beliefs.  Good debaters become powerful advocates of social change in their communities.


Guest of Honour, First Mutual Life Consultancy Services Manager, Mr Williefaston Chibaya emphasized that debating advances critical thinking and reasoning skills and become familiar with current societal issues as well as being open to both sides of an issue.  “As First Mutual Life we will continue to assist in grooming and nurturing the talent pupils have for better future leaders.  We have witnessed some very bright and intelligent young people whom we have no doubt have great potential to become leaders in their schools, communities and the nation at large”, he said.


The ATS junior’s debate 2018 competition was an all-girls final with the hosts Girls’ College scooping the 1st prize and Hellenic Academy as the 1st runner up.  Christian Brothers College was 2nd runner up and Arundel School coming up as third runner up.  Mukudzeiishe Madzivire from Christian Brothers’ College was named best male speaker and Charllene Mufandaidza from Girls’ College best female speaker.   During the competition a financial literacy competition was also held to inculcate basic financial knowledge for the school children.


The host for the debate competition, First Mutual Life Assurance Company is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings Limited and the Group 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.