Team Kuwait participates in 24th World Schools Debating Championships
Photograph: Opening Ceremony, University of Cape Town (left to
right) Roseanna Draghmeh, Ishita Handa, Shouvik Dey, Obada AlHalabi
(Captain), Abdulaziz AlOmar
Five talented debaters from across Kuwait recently joined their contemporaries from across the globe in the World Schools Debating Championships 2012 (WSDC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
The team was comprised of Captain, Obada AlHalabi (New English School), Abdulaziz AlOmar (New English School), Ishita Handa (The British School of Kuwait), Roseanna Draghmeh (The British School of Kuwait), and Shouvik Dey (New English School). They were coached by Zaynab Al-Nasser, a former student of The British School of Kuwait and WSDC alumni, and Grainne McCreevy of New English School. The team was managed by Emma Bowie of The British School of Kuwait, who was also the adjudicator for Kuwait.
The debaters were selected after taking part in a series of selection debates. Once selected, they underwent a rigorous round of training and preparation in the months leading up to the tournament. During these intensive preparations they focused upon, amongst other things, honing their skills in research, public speaking and case preparation.
Throughout the tournament Team Kuwait faced a diverse range of prepared motions which required them to research and tackle challenging issues such as the electoral processes in newly democratised Arab nations and whether or not limits should be placed upon rural-urban migration in developing nations. They also participated in debates on feminism and socio-economic rights. In addition to this, the team also rose to the challenge of impromptu motions on topics such as whether or not voting should be made compulsory, the idea of banning alcohol, the use of racial profiling and the place of child labour in the developing world.
The tournament was eventually won by Team Scotland who triumphed over Team Wales in a hotly contested final in which they opposed the idea that South Africa should regret their decision to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission rather than prosecuting perpetrators of crimes committed under Apartheid.
Team Kuwait improved their debate skills immeasurably during the course of the tournament and thoroughly enjoyed going head to head with teams from Bangladesh, Greece, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia, Swaziland and The Philippines. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to experience a culture very different to their own and to mix with students from around the world. The students debated in a diverse range of schools across Cape Town, as well as prestigious venues such as the University of Cape Town. When they were not debating they enjoyed a fantastic walking tour of historic Cape Town, a excursion to the majestic Table Mountain, and a poignant visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for over 20 years during the apartheid era.
All in all, it was a once in a lifetime experience. The team is proud to acknowledge the support and sponsorship of New English School and The British School of Kuwait. The next WSDC will take place in Antalya, Turkey in February 2013.
Any aspiring debaters who would like to find out more about this tournament can email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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