Written by Juliana Lucas
VIEWERS CAN watch highlights of a student debate on issues including black unemployment that took place in Parliament last month.
Panellists also included Conservative Party vice chairman, Liberal Democrat parliamentary hopeful Yahyah Kyingi and Labour MP Dianne Abbott.
It was chaired by Samuel Kasumu, founder of social enterprise Elevation Networks, whose organisation brought together black and ethnic minority (BME) students from universities across the country as part of its Great Debate tour in partnership with Young Black and Successful (YBS).
The tour – the first national debate forum of its kind for black students – was founded in 2010.
It was the brainchild of Kasumu and business partner Richard Kuti and encourages thousands of students to speak up on the issues that affect them.
In 2012, the tour visited 20 different universities, culminating in a finale at the Houses of Parliament featuring the tour’s most outstanding debaters.
“It was based around the great debate tour film which starred Denzel Washington,” said Kasumu. “My aim was to provide a platform for young people to express themselves.”
The debate took place on November 26 and will be aired on VOX Africa (Sky 218) on January 9 at 9.30pm.
A further debate will take place in February with eight universities battling it out to be crowned the first ever Great Debate Champions.
The winning university will take home a cash prize.