Hogan Lovells Hosts Debate It! Inter-Schools Challenge
01 July 2011
LONDON, 1 July 2011 - After a successful first season, Hogan Lovells Debate It! returned to EC1 Primary schools for a second year, culminating in an inter-schools debating competition held yesterday, Thursday 30 June 2011.
The Debate It! programme aims to improve pupils' oratory, writing and reading skills; as well as helping them to develop their knowledge of current affairs, critical thinking skills and confidence.
Through the Debate It! programme, which was developed by Hogan Lovells, Cambridge Education and St Luke's Trust, volunteers make weekly visits to primary schools over a 30 week period in order to teach public speaking and debating skills to year five and six pupils.
Over 48 pupils participated in the 2010/2011 scheme. Yesterday, the students were invited to take part in a Grand Finale debating competition, held at Hogan Lovells’ offices in Holborn, where each pupil had the opportunity to stand up and debate in front of an audience and guest judges including Councillor Richard Watts, Mr Sheriff Richard Sermon MBE, the Mayor of Islington Phil Kelly, Adam Pritchard and Martin Craddock Chief Executive of St Luke's Trust.
The 'floor debates' proved most interesting, with the pupils asking some challenging questions, and Moreland B team took home the winners' trophy in a feisty final debate: "This House believes that children should not be allowed to use Facebook or other social networking sites". All pupils that took part were given a medal of participation and the winners were awarded with tickets to the National Sea life Centre and a school subscription to children's newspaper 'First news'.
Yasmin Waljee OBE, Hogan Lovells' International Pro Bono and Community Investment Manager, commented:
"Good Citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells' global business values and community investment plays a big part in this. Programmes such as Debate It! are a great way to get involved with and support our local community, and we are committed to investing in the EC1 area. Over the past year alone, we have directly contributed to the lives of over 500 children and older people, and indirectly impacted on the lives of over 6,000 people."
The Debate It! programme is just one of the many ways in which Hogan Lovells supports the EC1 community, including providing entrepreneurial help to traders at Whitecross Street Market and supporting events for the elderly based at the St Luke's Community Centre. In 2010 Hogan Lovells won the 'Love EC1' Business of the Year title for all the help and support they have shown in the area over the past 3 years, and this year was awarded a Business in the Community Big Tick for community investment.
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