By Nidal Chebbak
Fez – The Moroccan Association of Friends of English (MAFE) on Saturday organized the first edition of Public Speaking Contest in Fez, which was hosted by the American Language Center.
Before the contest, the MAFE organized several free seminars over the past few months which were open to people interested in public speaking in the English language to learn techniques, practice and develop their public speaking skills, and prepare for the final contest.
The contest witnessed the participation of many enthusiastic and talented participants from different schools and institutes from Fez and other cities. The participants were from different backgrounds and different age groups. What was very impressive is to see two young high school students: Nermine Lambarraa and Nora Elfdili, taking off to the stage, giving their speeches and competing with older participants with great confidence and proficiency.
After giving their speeches, both girls expressed their happiness about their participation. It was the first time for both to speak in public. They showed their eagerness to participate again in the 2nd edition of the contest.
The winners of the Public Speaking Contest 1st edition are:
Mohammed Babaoui. Topic: “Achieving Your Dreams”
Youssef Bekkali. Topic: “Forgiveness and the Chain of Love”
Rania Mjahad. Topic “Ideologies in Media”
Rania Mjahad, the 3rd winner, said “Public speaking contest is not only a competition but it is a golden door that allows you to gain self confidence. Also, it shows that we have great public speakers who can transmit messages within a specific amount of time. So, Morocco will be great with these young people who are full of energy and enthusiasm and such competitions make the talented young people the leaders of the future”.
She continued “to be one of the winners in this amazing competition is an honor for me because I was able to transmit my message to the audience within a specific amount of time. So, these are truly unforgettable moments and I’m grateful for this opportunity.”
The first edition of public speaking contest was a great opportunity to discover great and talented public speakers. The organizers of the event hope to discover other great talents in the 2nd edition of the contest next year.
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