Hlabisa learn­ers shine

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO EDUCATION - Tam­lyn Jolly

TWO up-and-com­ing ‘le­gal ea­gles’ from a high school in Hlabisa held the KZN flag high af­ter reach­ing the quar­ter fi­nals of the Na­tional Schools Moot Court com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter be­ing de­clared one of the win­ning teams from the pro­vin­cial round of the com­pe­ti­tion, Grade 10 learn­ers Nom­fundo Man­qele and Sayinile Hlophe from Som­fula High School were among learn­ers from around the coun­try whose knowl­edge of the Con­sti­tu­tion was put to the test at none other than the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

With an aim of per­suad­ing school chil­dren to un­der­stand the Con­sti­tu­tion and its val­ues, and to es­tab­lish a con­tin­u­ous Hu­man Rights learn­ing pro­gramme through ed­u­ca­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion af­fords learn­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ar­gue a case.

The Moot Court com­pe­ti­tion’s judg­ing panel is made up of pro­fes­sional mag­is­trates who pre­side over the fic­tional ar­gu­ments and record the learn­ers’ scores.

Learn­ers are given a hy­po­thet­i­cal case to ar­gue as both the ap­pli­cant and re­spon­dent, both writ­ten and oral.

The pro­vin­cial round of the com­pe­ti­tion is pri­mar­ily writ­ten, with learn­ers sub­mit­ting two short es­says, each ar­gu­ing the op­pos­ing views of a set of fic­tional ques­tions.

The com­pe­ti­tion af­fords learn­ers an un­der­stand­ing of how the Con­sti­tu­tion and the law work, and en­hances re­spect for both and for hu­man rights.

‘We con­grat­u­late Som­fula High School on their win and rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince well at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion,’ said Bon­gani Mahlangu, Pro­vin­cial Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Prac­ti­tioner for Le­gal Aid SA.

‘We are ap­pre­cia­tive of the op­por­tu­nity to be part of this ini­tia­tive in coach­ing and pre­par­ing learn­ers for the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘This is one way we share our ex­per­tise, help de­velop our com­mu­ni­ties and shape a bet­ter fu­ture for our coun­try.’

The Na­tional Schools Moot Court com­pe­ti­tion is an ini­tia­tive of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional De­vel­op­ment, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria and the Foun­da­tion of Hu­man Rights.

Nom­fundo Man­qele and Sayinile Hlophe from Som­fula High School, seen out­side the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria build­ings

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