Debating Workshop and Competition 2017

Aiding students learn and thrive to the best of their skills, Nehru World School, Ghaziabad hosted ‘Debating Skills Workshop and Competition on 30th November’17. This event was intended to introduce students to a new format of debating, the World Schools Debating Competition (WDSC) format, which encourages active engagement between different teams through the rebuttal of opposing arguments.

Mr. Arunabh Singh (Director, NWS) and Ms. Susan Holmes (Head Teacher, NWS) accorded a cordial welcome to the 5 participating Schools and the esteem judges for the event. The gathering was addressed stating that the objective of hosting such events was to provide the students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to clearly communicate and defend their ideas and opinions. Through such opportunities, the members would develop and present strategies for addressing issues of concern.

The workshop was commenced by the online support provided by Mr. Lawrence Alexander, Teacher assistant with NWS-2016, under the aegis of the British Council. Post which the event was conducted by Mr. Vibhor Mathur, Ex- President of The Hindu College Debating Society. He also represented Delhi University at the World University Debate Champianship-2014. He was also a part of the panel of selectors for the World School Debate Champianship-2016.

With this workshop NWS proposed to introduce a fresh approach of debating to local schools so that they are better able to develop their debating skills.

Following the workshop, the teams were given half an hour to prepare on the assigned topic. The 3 topics for the debate were:

1. ‘Majorityism is just another word of mobocracy .’

2. ‘Elections are not the best test of Democracy.’

3. ‘Farm loan waiver- A bad idea for agriculture economy.

The event was judged by Mr. Vibhor Mathur and Mr. Mridul Katariya. Mr. Katariya is working as the Head of the Debate Training Wing of Project Aawaaz. He was one of the most successful debaters of the Delhi University Parliamentary Debate Circuit competitions

It was indeed a proud privilege for NWS to provide a platform to the young learners to deploy rational and reasoned arguments in an amiable way advancing them for effective speech delivery. The Schools which participated were:

1. Uttams schools for Girls,

2. Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad

3. Silver Line Prestige School,

4. The DPSG International School

5. Nehru World School

Shivangi Somvanshi (DPSG International) stood as ‘The Best Speaker’, Surbhi Tyagi (Uttam School for Girls) was the 1st Runner Up and Aditi Singh (DPSG International) was the 2nd Runner Up, of the event.

It was quite interesting to witness the participating teams engaged in an impressive exchange of words and reasons where they not only defended but also expressed their opinions on the topics.

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