An event sponsored by the HSBC Bank (Mauritius), the HSBC Global Education Trust, the British Council and the Rotary Club Vacoas. 

ESU Public Speaking Comptition 2015

The Nine Finalists of the Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union captivated the audience and the adjudicating panel’s attention with speeches related to the National theme To be ignorant of the past is to remain a child”  – a theme chosen by ESU headquarters in London for all 55 branches where ESU is established.

This year’s competition attracted 107 students at the level of ESU-Mauritius.  However, a much larger number of students were involved in this educational programme as schools are encouraged to run their own in-house competition before choosing their representatives to take part in the ESU competition.

The Public Speaking Competition acts as a platform for students to engage in an exchange of ideas and opinions, on a national and international scale.  Not only does the competition enhance the participants’ public speaking and critical thinking skills, it also places them in situations requiring them to make spontaneous responses.  ESU offers training to all participants, both in Mauritius and in Rodrigues, on Public Speaking skill so as to enable them to develop and demonstrate oratory skills.

Audibility, presence on the platform, spontaneity, rapport with the audience, a coherently presented argument and demonstration of the ability to think on one’s feet were all key elements in the competition.

The adjudicating panel – comprising Mr A. Prem Burton, CSK, President of ESU-Mauritius, Ms Cathy Glover, Academic Manager, British Council, and Ms Giovanna Viscione Chief Finance Officer of HSBC Mauritius –  picked the Winner, Mr Yannish Neeraj Dyall of College du St Esprit who delivered a fantastic speech entitled “Exploring our roots for a better growth”.

The second prize was awarded to Danika Atchia of Lycee des Mascareignes for her captivating speech entitled “The power of education”.  Judges were also impressed by the speech delivered by Shivanee Vencatachellum of Bon Accueil State College whose speech was entitled “The wheel of time”.  She was awarded the third prize.

Yannish Dyall will represent Mauritius in the International Public Speaking Competition to be held in London from 11th to 15th May 2015 – a truly international competition involving participants from some 55 countries.   As part of the five-day programme in London, he will receive training in public speaking and debating skills from world class ESU mentors.  Training in expression, delivery, listening and response skills are designed to improve the participants’ delivery of their prepared speeches and their ability to listen and respond to questions.  Training in organization and prioritization of arguments, reasoning and analysis, as well as critical thinking skills are designed to improve the participants’ ability to write and deliver an impromptu speech.  The culmination of this worldwide event is the Grand Finals which will be held at HSBC in Canary Wharf, London on Friday 15th May 2015.

According to Mr Prem Burton, CSK, President of ESU-Mauritius, Mauritian participants do generally well at the International elocution contest.  He stated that in  2009, our National Winner, Mr Sebastien Ng Kuet Leong of College du St Esprit, won the International Public Speaking Competition, placing Mauritius on the English Language map, and that many of our National Winners had reached the Finals and semi-finals at the international competition.  Mr Burton, added that ESU ardently wishes its National winner to go and win the International competition which will be held in May this year.

English Public Speaking Competition Mauritius 2015


This year’s finalists were:

1 Ms Vencatachellum Shivanee Bon Accueil State College The wheel of time
2 Mr Dyall Yannish College du St Esprit Exploring our roots for a better growth
3 Ms Puddo Teejaswinee Dr Maurice Curé State College Scientific discoveries: Remember, Reflect, React
4 Ms Poteeram Vandanaa Droopnath Ramphul State College Without history we only have ignorance
5 Ms Atchia Danika Lycée Des Mascareignes The power of Education
6 Ms Bhuckory Sanjana Mahatma Gandhi Institute Secondary School Ignorance is bliss, so why care about history
7 Ms Moonosawmy Sumeidee Northfields International High School The need for History
8 Ms Lalljee Marie Tessa Delina Rodrigues College Winners learn from the past
9 Mr Khodabaccus Mohammad Nabil Royal College Curepipe The making of a human being.

For additional information, please contact:

Anne-Marie Ahkine, Executive Manager, The English-Speaking Union

6th Floor, Ken Lee Building, Edith Cavell Street, Port Louis

Email : – Tel: 208 8591 – Fax: 213 6543