It’s not just adults that can benefit from a little personal development coaching.
As part of our Community Support Program, I was recently introduced to a local primary school, to explore ways in which our business and mentoring skills could add value.
One of the key challenges identified by the school, was finding ways in which to help those young students who struggled a little with their self-confidence, verbal communication and articulation of their thoughts and ideas. It was agreed that we would trial a weekly Debating Club within the school.
Debating Clubs or Societies are nothing new and, although their origins are uncertain, they are believed to date back to the mid-18th century.
When I launched our little Debating Club a few weeks ago, it was with very clear objectives. To contribute to the personal development of some of the more challenged young students by providing a forum which would boost self-confidence, help to improve spoken English and allow young people to explore, discuss and accept differing opinions and viewpoints.
It’s been enormously rewarding to see my small group of young people grow in confidence in such a short time. It’s also been wonderful to hear how intelligently these children have debated mature topics, including climate change, bullying, vegetarianism and America’s choice of president.
It’s good to be reminded that anyone, of any age and social background, can enjoy and benefit from personal development.
It’s also important to remember that the education and development of our children is not the sole responsibility of schools. Whether we choose to parent, teach, or just live by good example, we all have a part to play in the development of our next generation.
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