Watch – High school winners: If I were president for a day

2014-05-14 17:34

The Peermont Schools Support Programme offers an array of services to seven of Gauteng’s top performing schools to enable them to continue performing as top education institutions.

City Press, for the second year, partnered with them to help the children who enter the programme’s public speaking competition to prepare for their speeches using real issues faced by real people by using City Press as source material.

The 2014 public speaking campaign – to coincide with our election year – was centred around the theme President 4 A Day. The 14 finalists – seven juniors and seven seniors – came together earlier this year to present how they would make South Africa a better place if they were president for a day. The speeches were in equal measure uplifting, surprising, sobering and downright revolutionary.

The winners on the day were both from Vereeniging’s General Smuts High School. Natasha Bihlmaier was the junior winner and the senior winner was Lindiwe Khumalo. See what they had to say about the issues our president should be addressing and how.

As a follow-up to this project to hear the voices of our future leaders, City Press, in association with iSchool Africa, is running an exciting competition. iSchool Africa’s press club members have been invited to enter a one-minute video to be in the running to be one of five high school students who will be on the editorial team to put together City Press’ Youth Day issue next month.

The videos will be judged at the end of May by a panel comprising representatives from City Press and iSchool Africa. The five winning videos will be loaded onto the website and their creators will be part of the editing team for the June 15 issue of City Press.

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