Aiding students to learn and thrive to the best of their skills, NWS, Ghaziabad hosted the ‘Debating Skills Workshop and Competition’ on 30th November 2018. 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 conducted by Mr. Tarang Tripathi, co-founder of the project ‘Aawaaz’. He also organises workshops on Student Motivation towards education and parent’s roles in motivating their children in various schools.
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. ‘Democracy in India is a success .’
2. ‘India not taking foreign aid regarding Kerela Flood is justified.’
3. ‘The Statue of Unity is an extravagant project that’s wasted public money’.
The event was judged by Mr. Vikramjit Singh Rooprai who is a Storyteller, motivational speaker and a heritage activist, who trains teachers and students on how to find and present information. He uses History and Geography as his tools to convey his lessons. He is also a consultant to many universities, schools and bodies like UNESCO, ASI, ICOMOS and Delhi Government.
It was indeed a proud privilege for NWS to provide a platform to the young learners to deploy rational and reasoned arguments in an amicable way advancing them for effective speech delivery. The Schools which participated were:
1. Uttam School for Girls,
2. Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad
3. Silver Line Prestige School,
4. Sun Valley International School
5. GD Goenka Public School
5. NWS, Ghaziabad
Reeba (Sun Valley School), Gauri Tyagi (NWS, Ghaziabad), Priyanshi Sharma (Uttam School for Girls) and Yathartha (DPSG) stood as ‘The Best Speaker’. The winners of the Debate were NWS, Ghaziabad who shared its position with Sun Valley International School. Kindle, a series of e-readers were awarded to the winners.
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.