Video: Barking student wins Jack Petchey public speaking competition

PUBLISHED: 08:21 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:26 06 May 2015

Iman Hassan and with the Mayor of Barking of Dagenham Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe

Iman Hassan and with the Mayor of Barking of Dagenham Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe


A teenager spoke out last week and it earned him the top prize in a public speaking competition.

Iman Hassan won the Barking and Dagenham Regional Final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge! last Thursday with his speech entitled I am.

The Warren School student fought off competition from 16 other young speakers and will now go through to the Grand Final, which takes places at Piccadilly Theatre on July 6.

About the experience, Iman said: “I can do it and that’s all I can say.”

Around 285 year 10 students, aged 14 and 15, from eight schools across the borough took part in a day of public speaking and effective communication training before they took part in the competition at Barking Abbey School.

The Speak Out Challenge!, which is delivered by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, is the biggest public speaking event of its kind in the world and over 18,000 year 10 students are expected to compete for over £15,000 worth of prizes in this year’s final.

Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe, Mayor of Barking & Dagenham, presented the awards. She said: “This was entertaining, motivating and very emotional. The youth had so much energy and passion to deliver their points.

“I’m proud that our youth are so confident and had very mature topics. Thanks Jack Petchey Foundation for giving our youth such a healthy platform to showcase their talents.”

The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

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