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Eskom launches first school nuclear debate programme in EC

The Citizen / 6 October 2017 / Staff Reporter

The main objective of the School’s Nuclear Debate programme is to empower learners with debating and public speaking skills.

The School Nuclear Debate initiative forms part of Eskom’s five-year Schools Adoption and Skills Development programme, aimed at enhancing and promoting excellence in education, by providing learning equipment, infrastructure and teacher support resources to schools in the province.

The three day event kicked off on Tuesday and ended on Thursday, with students from eight schools around the coastal city debating a number of topics around nuclear power generation.

The students showcased their reasoning and debating skills and extensive amount of research done, by presenting compelling arguments to the panel of adjudicators from Eskom and the Department of Basic Education.

“This is really a journey for young future leaders to understand beyond what they see and realise. For you this was the start of the journey and you have become the ambassadors, as you move forward on this journey to make other people understand the positives and potential negatives of nuclear power,” said Loyiso Tyabashe, Eskom’s Acting General Manager for nuclear new build.

Tyabashe said that the main objective of the School’s Nuclear Debate programme is to empower learners with debating and public speaking skills.

“Eskom aims to create awareness about the most important aspects of nuclear power, to bring facts to the fore and to debate, correct myths, fears and misconceptions that may exist regarding nuclear power.”

Rocklands Intermediate School took the first prize followed by Limekhaya Secondary School in second place and St Colmcille Senior Secondary School in third place.

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