The Limpopo round of the two-day World Scholar’s Cup was hosted at Mitchell House starting last Wednesday.
The competition is organised by World Scholar’s Cup, an international foundation that was founded in 2007 and is based in Los Angeles, California.
The theme of the competition for 2018 is ‘An entangled world’ and learners from schools that included Mitchell House, Jabez Christian Academy, Taxila Secondary School and Northview Christian Academy participated.
Teams consisting of three members participated in Team Debates, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Challenge and Scholar’s Bowl. Topics around human relations, the history of relationships, the science of memory, black markets and the voices of the inseparable were interrogated. After debating the various topics, the members of the winning teams formed new teams and assessed the performances of other teams. Taking part in the Scholar’s Bowl, each team leader had an electronic keyboard and after the team members agreed on answers, the final choice was transmitted electronically.
The winners of this round will qualify to take part in the 2018 Global Round of their choice in Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona or Melbourne later this year.
If they emerge as winners there, they will be invited to take part in the Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the United States of America in November.
World Scholar’s Cup facilitator, Tlou Mashitisho said that the competition brings together over 20 000 learners from 50 countries over the globe. “Our goal is to inspire in young people of all backgrounds a love of learning, a confidence in new skills and a sense of global citizenship,” Mashitisho explained.
According to Mashitisho, participants were given the opportunity to do research on the topics to prepare them for the various activities accommodated in the program.
Story and photos: BARRY VILJOEN