“Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is DEBATE, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation”
First debate championship was conducted in Pakistan on 21/22 November. 10 teams, 30 debaters and an excellent Adjudication Core resulted in an outstanding debate championship which was witnessed by 200 youth of our community; indeed one of the most appreciated and informative event for the memon youth. Debate tournament was conducted in a parliamentary style of debating with initial two rounds being played by all teams and quarter finalist 8 teams were selected based on highest team scoring. Motions of the debate were carefully selected and discussed with adjudication core earlier to ensure good arguments can be made for either side. Umair Jaliawala, a renowned motivational trainer was invited on finale day who taught the youth to challenge status quo and taught them how each individual is unique in his own way and how they can thrive to achieve their desires if they only opt to choose a career they most definitely rejoice.
The core of competitive debate is to examine every side of important and controversial issues in an atmosphere of reasoned argument and respectful discourse. The enormous effort that a participant put forth to succeed in this intellectually exciting activity was truly inspiring. Efforts put into research and discussion on various topics during debate helped IYEP (International Youth Education Program) fulfill following objectives.
1. Instigate rigorous and critical thinking
2. Provides Mental and Emotional Maturity
3. Improves persuasive skills
4. Encourages Team work
5. Debaters today, Leaders tomorrow:
The skills and experiences the youth gained through debate were essential for success in the today’s world. The ability to think strategically, take on varying perspectives and persuade; can prepare our memon youth for leadership positions in the real world.
1. Faheem Sheikhani
2. Osama Thara
3. Bilal Mansoor
1. Faizan Arafat
2. Mubeena Hanif
3. Shah Nihal Idrees
Best Speaker of the Tournament Award: