Crawford pupils in top competition

2014-01-21 00:00

TWO pupils from Crawford College La Lucia are having the time of their lives in the Netherlands after they were chosen to participate in the 2014 High School International Competition.

This is after they excelled in the Third National Schools Moot Court Competition last year.

The national competition is aimed at creating greater awareness in schools and communities in South Africa about the Constitution and the values that it embodies through active participation.

Tharin Pillay and Caton Schutte, both from Crawford College, are part of the High School International Competition, which will be offered for the second year by the Justice Resource Center (JRC), in partnership with the City Hall of The Hague.

According to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, the competition gives high school pupils an extraordinary opportunity to engage in civic education with other students and judicial leaders from around the world.

“The High School International Moot Court competition is an opportunity for pupils to learn about the rule of law, gain a better understanding of international relations and increase their legal know­ledge,” the department said.

The Crawford pair will be competing against 15 other international teams, including: New York; The Hague, Netherlands; Warsaw, Gdynia, Poland; St Petersburg, Russia; Caracas, Venezuela and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Provincial co-ordinator Sthoko Shange said, “We have organised a workshop with excellent coaches and we are positive that our learners will excel with the assistance received. The workshop was offered from January 7 to January 10, 2014 at the University of Pretoria. We have selected an all-star team.”

The pupils will participate in multiple elimination rounds at Leiden University, The Hague, with two international teams emerging as finalists. The final round will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague, with prominent judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ­(ICTY) presiding.

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