A Global Debate competition was held at SAI International School, Bhubaneswar wherein more than 40 schools participated. The mega online debate competition had students' participation from over 11 countries and 44 Schools across the globe. Two schools from Kenya, 6 from South Africa, 27 schools from India and one school each from New Zealand, Turkey, Tanzania, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia and Namibia participated in the event.
The online debate session was graced by Keynote Speaker Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council, Hon’ble Guest Mr. Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata and Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder & Mentor SAI International Education Group.
While addressing the students Keynote Speaker Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council, thanked SAI International for organizing a Global Debate Competition and appreciated its sprawling sports infrastructure. He spoke on “Debate and its role in society”. Dr. Chakrabarti emphasised on speaking and writing skills for development of debating skills.
Guest of honour Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata while addressing the students greeted them as per their time zones, he said, “Global problem needs global solutions and these can be addressed by deliberations and discussions as the global solutions cannot be forced, it has to come about with a coalition of each country”. He spoke on the issues of climate change and said, “if we understand the climate change now then we can limit it and if we are able to do it then the future will be more green and blue”. He was happy to be a part of SAI Global Debate Competition and said that,” the ability to debate on opinions will help the mankind and create awareness which will ensure you will have a better future”.
The winners were announced after a rigorous three rounds of deliberations. They were judged upon content, accuracy, clarity, body language, evidence, and many more. The topics of the debate varied such as, ‘Values or Wealth? Which is more important for survival?’, ‘Is Globalization an opportunity or threat?’, ‘Impact of social media on teenagers and high school students is huge’, ‘Will robots increase people’s quality of life?’, ’People can save nature using technology?’, ’Children under 16 should not be allowed on social media sites’ and many more relevant topics for the youth.
Argumentative Debate (6-8)
1st For- India, Buxi Jagabandhu English Medium School - Shifa Prizm
2nd For - Pakistan, British Overseas School, Noor Ammad
3rd For - India, The Sanskaar Valley School, Aarna Saxena
3rd For - India, DAV Public School, Pokhariput, Simrah Bint
1st Against -India, Sunbeam School Lahartara, Aishal Tripathi
2nd Against - India, DAV Public School, Pokhariput, Srisikta Rath
3rd Against - India, SAI International School, Shivakshi Dixit
3rd Against - India, Vidya Devi Jindal School, Shipra Sharma
1st - India, Sunbeam School Lahartara, Sakshi Mehrotra
2nd - India, Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls' Public School, Shursti Karnik
2nd- India, Sai International School, Shaurya Saawarn
3rd - Kenya, Brookhouse, Zawardi Teyie
1st - South Africa, St. Stithians Girls' College, Nemiya Chipoma
1st - South Africa, Penryn College, Stephen Seth Taylor
2nd - India, Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery, Joan Liz Joe
2nd - India, Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls' Public School, Adwitiya Saxena
3rd - India, St Mary's School, Waverly, Bement Worku
3rd - India, SAI International School, Tarun Tapan Bhuiyan
Argumentative Debate (9-12)
1st For - India, Pinegrove School, District Solan, Jessica Wadhwa
2nd For- Pakistan, Cadet College Hasanabdal, Muhammad Farazdaq Mirza
3rd For - India, SAI International School, Ahana Amlan Sahoo
1st Against- India, DAV Public School, Pokhariput, Manasha Baral
2nd Against - India, Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery, Meghana Fessy
3rd Against - Kenya, Brookhouse, Olivia Gichanga
1st - India, DAV Public School, Pokhariput, Bipasha Rajashekharan
2nd - Kenya, BROOKHOUSE, John Kamande
3rd - India, Rajagiri Public School, Tia Philo Kurien
1st - India, SAI International School, Kriti Garg
2nd - India,LR DAV Pubic School, Rishi Mohapatra
3rd - India, The Sagar School, Dishita Mukerjie
3rd - India, BJM School, Shree Routray
BEST SCHOOL TEAM - INDIA, DAV PUBLIC SCHOOL, POKHARIPUT
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