Zenande Mbongo (left) and Siphosihle Ludaka (right)
On 30 August and 1 September 2016, 50 TVET colleges competed in the TVET students’ national debating competition that took place in Durban, Square Boutique Hotel. Siphosihle Ludaka, a Lovedale student who was the first speaker in her team, obtained one of the four coveted awards (a gold medal) for best speaker. Mbongo Zenande, her partner, formed part of the research team on their topic and also obtained a gold medal for her efforts. The girls’ topic of discussion was: “The current curriculum is inclusive in the context of students with special needs.” Competition organizers provided the participants with access to Wi-Fi with which they could do the necessary research required for their speeches.
Lovedale College was grouped with Mopani TVET College from Limpopo and King Hintsa from the Eastern Cape Province. Together, the college participants learnt about teamwork as they were not competing as individual colleges, but in groups. To ensure fairness, each college had to provide a speaker and a researcher. Siphosihle says: “It was a great experience, as we also had an opportunity to speak to Masechaba Ndlovu from the big debate on e-tv, as she was the host for the day. What was so nice is the fact that after I had won, I was appreciated by all the students from all other colleges. I was even given a new name by my new friends namely “Qhawekazi”, meaning great one or warrior. Mbongo commented that the experience was “a very good one” and in the process of working with new people, she learnt many new things.