The finals of the ESU Inter-School Sixth Form Public Speaking competition were held at the Old University, Valletta on Wednesday 29th February. The five finalists each presented a five minute prepared speech on the subject of the Wisdom of Youth
following which they fielded questions from the floor and the adjudicating panel. The Hon Dolores Cristina, Minister of Education and patron of ESU Malta attended the event and presented the prizes.
The declared winner, Martha Zammit representing St Martin's College, will now represent Malta in the International Public Speaking Competition organised annually by the English-Speaking Union in London where she will compete against the winners of the national competitions held in each country in which ESU is represented. Malta's representative last year, Louisa Cassar Pullicino, came 6th out of more than 50 participants in 2011. Runner-up Lucia Farrugia presented serious competition to Martha with the adjudicating panel delving into detailed comparisons to select the winner. The participants in the ESU competition, including finalists Thomas Bartolo, Janica Borg and Jodie Bonnici, have been undertaking months of training, preparation and practice both from local members of the ESU as well as from 2 sets of public-speaking trainers brought over from the U.K.
Public speaking is considered to be a critical core skill that people can bring to their workplace and enhances their success. "It is so rewarding to see the participants, having been nervous prior to the event, changing to a state of elation and satisfaction having managed to overcome their fear of and speaking in public" said John de Giorgio, Chairman of ESU Malta and one of the adjudicating panel together with Stephen Jamieson from ESU UK, Mr Terry Knight from the British High Commission and Prof Stephen Newton.
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The next ESU event is the Inter-Schools Debating Competition, the finals of which are being held on the 27 April. .
The Inter-Schools Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition in Malta is supported through the generous support of Agenda Bookshops
, who have donated the prizes, and is supported worldwide by HSBC Bank.