17 Sep 2018
Daniel Zeichner visits NCS Group at Debate Workshop
We were delighted to have the MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner, speak to our NCS Group as he visited a debating workshop hosted by the Cambridge Union. Having listened to a keenly contested debate on the gender pay gap, Mr Zeichner gave our participants a short talk on the current state of democracy and the importance of constructive debate in modern society. We are grateful to Daniel and the Mayor of Cambridge, who was also in attendance, for coming to visit our NCS Group in action!
The debating workshop kicked off earlier in the morning with a tour of the impressive and historic buildings given by the president of the Cambridge Union, Charles Connor. Charles then gave the young people some initial tips on public speaking, who then put this advice into practice as they took part in a game of ‘Just a Minute’, being required to speak continuously for a minute about a given topic.
Following this the young people discussed which issues are most pressing for young people currently. Topics such as Brexit, the age of voting, social networking and immigration were suggested but the participants eventually chose to debate whether the government should take action on the gender pay gap & whether they should legalise weed. The two debates were held in the Chamber of the Cambridge Union, a room which has hosted the likes of the Dalai Lama, Ronald Raegan, Winston Churchill & now the Cambridge United Community Trust NCS Group!
We would like to thank the Cambridge Union, and in particular the president Charles Connor, for holding the event. The young people engaged in the key ideas of constructive debate and developed not only their public speaking skills but also their ability to develop and defend arguments on key issues in society.
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