Our International ESUs help to deliver our educational programmes and organise community events across the globe, encouraging international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of the English language.
Many of our International ESUs run programmes in their own communities, including public speaking and debating academies in Malta, English language summer schools in Romania, and English language support for refugees in the US.
Following the creation of an International Programmes and Cultural Exchange team, the ESU is increasing its focus on its international work to encourage international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of English, and recognises its international branches, of which there are are over 60, as key tools through which this can be achieved.
The ESUs creative writing competition, My Magna Carta, received around 600 entries from secondary school children across six continents, with finalists coming from Chile, Malaysia, Australia and Serbia, among others. As part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, entrants were asked to write their version of a Magna Carta suitable for the 21st Century. The ESU welcomed 13 finalists to London for a week of cultural exchange, public speaking training and the Grand Final itself, which was won by Jane Josefowicz from the US and Mfundo Radebe from South Africa.
Kayseka Geerjanan, junior finalist from Mauritius, said:
“For me, the competition was somewhere I could spill my views and change my mentality about the world. So when I came to London I got to learn a lot more and I really enjoyed the trip to Runnymede…The British mentality has always led the world; it’s a template of exchanging views. For me, being in London is a great thing”.
To find out more about your International ESU, or if you are interested in starting one in your local area, please contact us at email@example.com.
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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the largest and oldest programme of its kind. Each year, we welcome winners of national public speaking competitions from all over the world to take part in a series of cultural, social, and competitive events in London. The participants, aged 16-20, have the opportunity to share ideas and make friends with people from all over the world and, of course, compete to be named the best young speaker in the world.
After a tough round of heats and semi-finals involving 48 participants from 45 countries, this year's grand final took place on the afternoon of Friday 13 May at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club. The grand finalists were: Krzysztof Jagoda from Poland, Ayushmaan Chopra from India, Marco Del Valle from the Philippines, Bryan Achiampong from Ghana, Devni Wanigaarachchi from Sri Lanka and Vivian Garciacano from Mexico. They all gave fantastic speeches and answered questions on the topic "Integrity has no need of rules". The judging panel, chaired by Baroness D'Souza, The Lord Speaker, had a tough job in selecting a winner but eventually awarded Vivian Garciacano from Mexico the prize of overall winner and Marco Del Valle from the Philippines as the overall runner-up.
The ESU is extremely grateful to our international branches and partner organisations who provide our wonderful participants, and to all the adjudicators who gave their time over the week.