Abdul-Basit Ahmed wins 23rd Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition

Abdul-Basit Ahmed from Green Spring Academy is the 23rd winner of the Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition, the final of which was held at Lloyd’s on Wednesday 28 March 2018. Run in association with Lloyd’s Community Programme (LCP), this year’s competition saw over 250 Year 10 students from all over the borough take part. They could choose to address one of three questions about ‘The World of Work’.

Abdul-Basit triumphed with a thoughtful and well-researched speech answering: ‘What does an ‘automation apocalypse’ mean for young people's preparation for work?’. His speech highlighted the danger around automation taking everyday jobs away from humans, such as supermarket workers. Summing up his argument, Abdul-Basit used an image showing a robot making a man redundant from his factory work.

Two additional accolades were on offer to contestants:

First is the Ralph Charan Prize, awarded to the student who showed the most promising debating skills. This is decided via a short ad-lib round, where students are given a few minutes to prepare an argument in favour or against a topical news item announced on the spot. Each student then goes head-to-head against a peer arguing the other side of the news item, which this year focused on women’s rights in the workplace. This prize went to Sarah Hussain of Central Foundation Girls School.

Students also battled it out to win the Audience Choice Prize, which is an award decided by a ballot of the audience members at the event, including Lloyd’s market staff who volunteered with local students at workshops in the earlier stages of the competition. This prize went to Maryam-Luul Ali of St Paul’s Way Trust School.

Tower Hamlets EBP would like to say a huge thank you to all the schools and the companies across the Lloyd’s Market that made this year’s Public Speaking Competition possible. Your hard work and dedication paid dividends and the competition has been truly aspirational for all young people who took part.

With thanks to:

Langdon Park
Central Foundation Girls
Sir John Cass
Green Spring Academy
Mulberry School for Girls
St Paul’s Way Trust