2020 taught us that online platforms and blended education have become the new normal. Students have risen to this challenge and come out successful in all the normal academic activities besides participating in all the co-curricular ones. On February 13th, five students from MYP 1 to 4 participated in the Sai Global Debate Competition, organised by the Sai International School, Orissa which engaged the children in instilling the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration and critical thinking. It also gave them an opportunity to discuss and collaborate on issues that are important and relevant today and indeed the future.
The competition had students participating from over 11 countries and 44 Schools across the globe. The competition began with a keynote speaker, Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council, who spoke on “Debate and its role in society”. He also emphasized on speaking and writing skills for development of debating skills. This was followed by the multiple debate rounds which consisted of argumentative debate, extempore and turncoat. The argumentative debate was for and against the motion, the extempore was on the spot and turncoat was for and against the motion – argued by the same person. The students enthusiastically participated in the debate rounds and the platform helped them appreciate the viewpoints of other students on various issues such as economy, politics, society, etc.
The event was a great chance for students to listen to debaters from across the world share their views on different topics. It was also a great confidence booster, and helped students improve their communication skills.