Oct 2018 VI Form Peace Debate Competition & Talks

Mon 8th October 2018 at 16.00 - 22.00

Annual 3 Day Event - Organiser Rtn Mike Smith - to celebrate the talents of young people and encourage public speaking, together with fostering an awareness of Peace & Conflict resolution issues around the world. Part of our Youth Support Program.

Congratulations to the Leys Team - our worthy Debate 2018 Winners.

See You There Next Year !

In support of the global Peace One Day Initiative (21st September) the Cambridge South Rotary Club organise an annual 3 Day Event for VI Form Classes in the Cambridge area.

This year around 200 students benefitted from the three days with 15 members of staff and 10 Rotarians also involved.

We are lucky to have had one of the six worldwide Rotary Peace Colleges at Bradford to lead the 5 talks.  Each year we invite one of their Masters students to join us.  This year Lydia volunteered to share her personal experiences of working with Refugees currently detained on the Greek Island of Lesvos. (see later)



DAY 1 MONDAY - Come along to the Debating Competition 4pm to 7.50pm at the Leys School.

                   The PUBLIC and GUESTS WELCOME - arrive in good time.

Refreshments and Parking on-site available (use the Trumpington Entrance for the Music Building  Carpark - nearest to the roundabout).

MOTION 1 - 'This house believes that “putting one’s country first” is not a threat to Peace'.

                             To Propose - the Hills Road A Team.  To Oppose - the Parkside Team.

 MOTION 2 - 'This house believes that unbalanced distribution of resources between countries will spark the next World War'.

                             To Propose - the Leys Team. To Oppose - the IVC Team.

MOTION 3 - 'This house believes that current major conflicts are, in reality, proxy wars for more powerful nations'.

                             To Propose - the Rotary Team. To Oppose - the Hills Road B Team.

        Followed by a Thank You dinner 8pm at Loch Fyne for Lydia and her Rotary Hosts.


            10am  Talk at the Netherhall School VI Form.

            12noon Talk at the Stephen Perse VI Form

                           Lunch for Lydia with her Rotary Hosts followed by a Tour of the City.


              9.20am A Visit to the St Ivo VI Form.

              11.20am An Interview on Cambridge 105

              1.10pm  A Visit to Comberton Village College VI Form.

              2.45pm Talk at The Leys School VI Form 

Our Distinguished Debate Judges were : 

Jen Little (Chair) is an Employability Adviser with Anglia Ruskin University working with students, academics, businesses and organisations to raise the employability and work ready skills of the students. Prior to this she spent over 18 years in the world of recruitment recruiting a range of people from Managing Directors to graduates across the globe. Jen re-started the Cambridge chapter of JCI (Junior Chamber International) in 2009 and whilst with this organisation debated at local, international and at global level. She is passionate about young people developing skills that can help them in employment and as such is thrilled to be asked to judge this year’s Rotary Peace One Day Schools Debates.

Sian Nash is the Associate Chief Operating Officer at the Welcome Sanger Campus, where they mapped the 100,000 human genomes and have a database which holds about 150 petabytes of data - which is the equivalent of 345,000 years of your ipod music playing 24/7. This data enables scientists to tackle some of the world’s toughest health problems.

She started life as a Civil and structural Engineer, then moved into programme management and international development, working on projects across many corners of the globe including Africa, Middle East, Australia, the Antarctic and Europe. She then went on to manage operations (running the business) with Public Health England in central government before joining the tech sector for a few years. This is her 5th year judging with Jen and is amazed by the skill and knowledge the students have, especially so close to the start of term, and is very much looking forward to this evening.

Lydia Kröger (27) was born in Eastern Germany and has been interested in exploring the world and bringing people together across boundaries since she was a little child. During her undergraduate studies she took responsibility in her local AIESEC committee, sending German students on international exchanges and welcoming international youths from all over the world. Since, she has worked with social organizations in education, anti-discrimination and reconciliation in Brazil, Germany and the Western Balkans. Since 2015, she also worked in several refugee camps 
and shelters in Berlin and advocated for a more multicultural and welcoming culture in her home region of Eastern Germany. Most recently, she has been studying for a masters as a Rotary Peace scholar at the University of Bradford and volunteered on Lesvos island as part of her Applied Field Experience.

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