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Conditions and Regulations


  • Schools must choose one of the following topics. The topic may be the same or different for Rounds 1 and 2.  This year the topics are designed to promote positive values in response to the EDB’s Sayings of Wisdom 2.0 campaign but are framed in such a way that students can approach them in a variety of creative ways.

Science and Technology:

  • Innovation - leading the way
  • We dream, We hope, We achieve


  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” : Albert Einstein
  • “Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future” : Robert H Schuller

Arts, Culture and Humanities:

  • Charity begins at home - helping others and helping yourself
  • “Creative thinking inspires ideas, ideas inspire change” : Barbara Januszkiewicz

Current Affairs:

  • “There is some good in the world and it is worth fighting for” : Tolkien
  • “The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something”: Barack Obama
  • Teams must show evidence of research for their speeches.
  • Resources used for their research must be cited in the presentation (e.g. PPT slides) used.
  • Teachers are expected to encourage their students to research the topic as thoroughly as  possible by reading relevant materials.

Conditions of Entry

  • The deadline for submission of entry forms is 30 November, 2021.
  • Online Entries must be submitted by 14 June, 2022.
  • The briefing session will provide teachers with competition details and regulations and may introduce a few public speaking activities. Schools entering the competition are strongly encouraged to send one or two teachers new to the competition to attend the briefing session.
  • There will be a workshop on teaching public speaking. Please refer to the EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) for online application.
  • Schools will be expected to take part in school support. RNCs will visit the schools to offer different types of support, including consultation sessions, in-class support and school-based teacher training workshops whenever appropriate. This support can continue online in light of the pandemic suspensions. 

Students Participants

  • Each school can enter one team with 2 – 4 participants for Round 2 (finals). Primary students may enter two teams. 
  • The team can be made up of students from any year level or a combination of year levels.

Presentations in Round 2 (Final)

  • Teams must submit a pre-recorded entry.
  • Avoid reading a speech.  Camera work is very important and you must look at the camera.
  • The speech must be 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Teams are responsible for staying within the time limit.
  • Students should present their speech with some slides to accompany what they are saying.  This should be done in the context of the group speech.  Using zoom seems to be a good way to accomplish this. Non-copyright music is allowed if it significantly contributes to the speech.
  • IT must be used to contribute to the speech. Video or animation is allowed to enhance the impact of the speech, but should be used judiciously in order not to distract the audience from the speech. IT sound effects are allowed, e.g. a bomb going off, a glass breaking.
  • Small props are allowed if they significantly contribute to the speech.
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