Qatar is bidding to host the 2010 world schools’ debating championships after having successfully inaugurated the country’s first national school debate championship with 400 students in participation. QatarDebate, the national debating organization in Qatar, is currently training 1500 students and teachers from over 30 schools and universities to prepare for the world schools’ debating championships.
Despite the existence of some school debate teams in the UAE, Qatar’s strong interest in debating is a breath of fresh air for a part of the world not familiar with the process.
This region is not short of topic and issues to debate. Arab research and persuasion skills need honing to catch up with the advanced techniques developed by our western counterparts.
A major international educational conference is offering an interesting forum for debate between two major schools in the UAE. The TeachME conference will take place in Dubai, on January 14 and 15.
If you have debate ideas, or if your school wishes to partake in debates with other school debate teams, kindly post your comments for consideration.