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Local pupils don English speech hats

Shanghai’s young students are eager to showcase their English capabilities and talent in the global arena. The United Nations is providing this opportunity.

The 2nd “Running to the UN” English Speech Contest for Primary and Secondary School Students has wrapped up in Shanghai, with more than 20 finalists to be invited to visit and interview people from various UN organizations on behalf of Shanghai’s youth.

Zhou Xinyu, a fourth-grade student at Shanghai Jinzhou Elementary School and one of the contest’s winners, said she wants to become a diplomat.

During the final competition, she made a three-minute speech on quality education, one of the 17 sustainable targets raised by the UN. “I visited a county school in southwest Yunnan Province during the summer vacation this year. I realized the students not only need stationery, but also good teachers and quality classes,” Zhou said. Her speech won her third prize in the contest.

“The event is not merely a speech contest, but also a platform to encourage children’s deep thinking,” said Zhou’s mother. She helped Zhou prepare for the competition.

Fifty young students selected from schools across the city competed in the final contest at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Conference Center in Changning District on Sunday.

The event organized by the Shanghai UN Research Association also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Restoration of The Lawful Seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations.

A panel of expert judges from Fudan University, East China Normal University and Shanghai International Studies University assigned scores to the participants’ English speeches.


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