27 April 2017
Following on from the continuing success of our college debate club, two of our students have taken part in an International Debate Education Association event at Portcullis House in Westminster.
Joseph Amucha from Hammersmith & Fulham College and Andrew Bahhi from Ealing Green College were on the Opposition team for the British Parliamentary style debate which looked at the question “This house believes that we should lower the voting age to 16”.
The debate was moderated by Michel Massih QC who was very impressed by the quality of arguments put forward by the students involved - particularly those they didn’t necessarily agree with.
“I was debating a view a didn’t support” said Andrew Bahhi, who had to explain to a group of predominantly young people why the voting age shouldn’t be lowered. “But it was really fun, and if you’re passionate about politics you should be able to debate anything. I hope to be back again”.
The event was closed by Barrister and TV personality Sophia Cannon who congratulated the best speakers on show, saving her highest praise for Andrew when she noted that we could really see “the next Prime Minister to be” in his debate style.
Joseph makes his case.
Also supporting Joseph and Andrew on the day were first reserve Andrew Bell along with Curtis Proverbs from our Student Services team. Curtis has been organising weekly debates at Hammersmith & Fulham College during terms, and has been extremely impressed by what our students have achieved.
“There has been lots of participation from students during the year and some great ideas and thoughts have come out.
“It hasn’t just been the most vocal students either. Some of our previously very shy students have relished the opportunity to speak out and improve their confidence”.