Search

Newham pupils in Benjamin Franklin debating competition

10:43 05 March 2014

Students from two Newham schools will be going head to head in a debating competition with groups from across London.

Pupils from Sarah Bonnell and Langdon schools will be taking part in the annual Benjamin Franklin Fellowship Debate Competition on March 12.

First prize will be a place at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

The debate will take the form of a straight knock-out tournament with a quarter-final, semi-final, and a final debate. This year students will be debating topics which cover a wide range of themes including politics, social issues such as human rights and international relations.

The event will be held at US Embassy, in Grosvenor Square, central London.

It is part of the The Benjamin Franklin House Education Programme benefits an average of around 2,600 Primary and Secondary school students each year.

The programme is run by Benjamin Franklin House which opened to the public in January 2006 on Franklin’s 300th birthday. It now serves as a dynamic museum and educational facility in the heart of London, just off Trafalgar Square. Built in 1730, the Grade I listed building was home to Franklin – scientist, inventor, philosopher, diplomat and US Founding Father – for nearly 16 years between 1757 and 1775.

In his role as a colonial agent, and later as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin regularly found himself having to advance his opinions in the face of real criticism. In that spirit, Benjamin Franklin House holds a debate competition every year, in collaboration with the US Embassy, for upper Secondary school students, to encourage the great thinkers of tomorrow.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00
Councillors walk through Newham blindfolded

Local councillors put themselves in the shoes of blind and partially sighted residents by taking part in a blindfold walk through Forest Gate.

Yesterday, 15:37
Get active elderly members on the cricket pitch

A new football craze is sweeping the nation, but at a nice, gentle pace.

Elizabeth Olympic Park
Yesterday, 13:14
East Ham man cleared of plans to join ISIS

An East Ham man has been found not guilty of planning to travel to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.

Yesterday, 10:15
How the slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit will look (Picture: LLDC)

You could soon be sliding down the outside of the ArcelorMittal Orbit after planning permission was granted to add a helter skelter to the sculpture.

Elizabeth Olympic

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder