Five students from two international schools set off for Johannesburg to represent the SAR in the World Schools Debating Championships 2001, at which former South African president Nelson Mandela will adjudicate. The annual international event aims to promote the art of debating among teenagers around the globe. A total of 28 teams from around the world are participating in the championships. The five students representing the SAR are Aileen Nowlan, 17, Casey Miller, 19, and Buvini Kularatne, 17, from Li Po Chun United World College; and Divya Vaze, 16, and Peter Milnes, 17, from King George V School. Their trip was co-sponsored by the South China Morning Post, the English Schools Foundation and the Li Po Chung United World College. King George V School English teacher David Milnes and duty principal of Island School Chris Forse assembled the SAR team. Mr Milnes said: 'The five students are among the best school debaters in the territory. They were all picked after a series of tough and intense preliminaries that began last April.' Mr Milnes said although there were local inter-school debates every year, there was no permanent mechanism to select Hong Kong students for the international contest. 'To give students an opportunity to take part in such a prestigious international event, three years ago, Chris and I started to organise a competition through which we could choose students to represent the SAR in the world championships,' he said. 'We adopted the highly competitive Cambridge rules for our contest. Every debater has to make an eight-minute statement for or against the motion and the opposition can interrupt at any time whenever they find a flaw in an argument.' It is the second time Divya has represented Hong Kong in the championships. 'In local competitions you only make a statement of no more than five minutes and the opposition are not allowed to interrupt. The Cambridge rule that is used in Johannesburg is completely different. It is very challenging and a real test for myself,' she said.