Pachal Dike Public Speaking Competition For Secondary Schools (Peace is Possible)


Laolu Owolabi


From June 16 to September 16, 2017


Secondary School Students

Target population


Target avg age


People impacted


Sustainable Development Goal

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Development stage

Education and Economic Empowerment


JCI Founder, Henry Giessenbier, is quoted to have said that:
“From within the walls of the soul of this organization wherein the foundation of character and good citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people towards the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace”. –

As part of our activities in the area of education and empowerment, JCI, Lagos City conceived and initiated a Public Speaking Competition for young students in Secondary Schools, in our immediate community.

The Public Speaking Competition is named after JCI Senator Paschal Dike, who is the first World president from Nigeria after a 100years of the existence of the organisation. JCI believes that the time has come to stir the people towards peace and has adopted a campaign to promote peace under the theme, Peace is possible.

The Peace is Possible campaign mobilizes young people worldwide to create awareness, advocate, take action and commit to an everlasting world peace.

The ability to speak publicly confidently and convincingly is a required asset to take active roles in the community. It is better to harness this skill among secondary school students who are the leaders of tomorrow.


The Objective of adding the educational and empowerment of Secondary School Students to the Peace is Possible Campaign achieved a successful results.


The message of Peace is The participants at the Public Speaking Competition gave speeches ex-tempore and prepared speeches on the theme Peace is Possible for a minimum of five minutes and maximum of seven minutes. Each school presented 3 representatives, and there was prizes for individual and team performances, which was determined by a panel of Judges.

There was an evaluation of the performances and an explanation about the Peace is possible campaign to all the attendees, with a message to become active and concious ambassadors of the campaign.


Participating Schools to be identified early and invitations sent out at least two months and effectively followed up.

Prizes. The competition should have attractive prizes to drive and encourage participation.

Sponsorship: The support of sponsors should be courted from the beginning of the year to enable them accomodate same in the yearly budgets.

Members participation: Due to the work day suitability a date should be fixed early to enable members arrange to obtain permission to attend.

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