- A team of South African high school students have beaten countries from across the world in e 5th International School Moot Court Competition, in Gdynia, Poland.
- The 8 boys and girls come from high schools all over South Africa
- The competition involves students pleading a court case in front of an international tribunal doing what an attorney does in real life
A team of students from South African schools have been awarded top honours at the 5th International School Moot Court Competition, in Gdynia, Poland.
Briefly.co.za learned that the participants were commended for their amazing performance. The students who are Lizalise Dlomo and Okhela Sigwela, Hudson Park High School, Mihlali Precious Stotile and Ondele, Holy Cross, Nondumiso Ntshangase and Nosipho Dube, Mathubesizwe High School and Sureshka Naidoo and Caitlin Schwarer, Eden College.
The talented students competed against 6 other countries; Venezuela, USA, St Maarten, Mongolia, Romania and Bulgaria.
“It was not the first time that South Africa was represented in the International Moot Court competition having participated in the previous last three editions of the competition, which were held in The Hague,” said Elijah Mhlanga, Department of Basic Education spokesperson.
The learners from all high schools were invited to enter the competition with a team of two. Their task was to write a series of essays on a fictional constitutional court case according to iol.co.za.
The Moot Fact for the 5th International School Moot Court was on: "Scene of Conflict over the past decade in Tabanath".
“It is not the first time South African learners have made the country proud in this competition. During the 2014, 2016 and 2018 chapters of the International Moot Court Competition, South Africa obtained second, first and best presenter award after a strong-willed fight against other countries,” said Mhlanga.
International moot interschool competitions take place across the globe. In front of a mock International Tribunal, students act as counselors and advocate the different sides of a case based on a problem written by an organization or school. The students analyze the problem, identify the legal issues, research the law, write the briefs and orally present it to the moot court. In essence, the students learn how to litigate a case in front of an international tribunal doing what an attorney does in real life.
Team SA was made up of 15 members, 8 pupils and 7 officials. They are set to return to South Africa on Sunday at OR Tambo airport.
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