Team Qatar Crowned Champion of 5th International Schools Debating Championship in Arabic
08 April 2021

Team Qatar Crowned Champion of 5th International Schools Debating Championship in Arabic

Doha, April 08 (QNA) - Team Qatar crowned winner of the International Schools Debating Championship in Arabic, organized by the QatarDebate Center - Member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Which concluded on Wednesday in its virtual version. Team Oman came in the second place after competing against Team Qatar for the championship title in the case: "This Council Will Stop Fuel Subsidies." Meanwhile, Team Turkey won international championship in Arabic for non-native speakers after competing against Team Malaysia which came in the second place. Team Philippines crowned winner of the International Schools Debating Championship in English. The team competed Team South Africa for the championship title in the issue: "This council sees that post-colonial countries should not form national identities around resistance against their colonial masters." The final round took place during the closing ceremony, amid large international audience of VIPs, participating teams, and local and international media. The best speakers of the championship were also announced at the closing ceremony. The championships best speaker is Fatima Mansour Alqarashi from the State of Kuwait, followed by Moza Khalid Al Hajri from the State of Qatar as the second best speaker, and Abdullah Jassem Al Kubaisi from the State of Qatar as the third best speaker. The best Arabic speakers in the championship for non-native speakers are Amir Marouf Chatir from Turkey who won the first place, followed by Siti Nour Fatima Abdul Rashid from Singapore in the second place, and Amir Pratt Director from Turkey in the third place. Winners of the championship for the best English speakers are Phong Nguyen from Vietnam in first place, Jia-Han B. Fam from Vietnam in the second place, and Joseph Zelicek Nyak from South Africa in the third place. Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Hayat Maarafi - Executive Director of the QatarDebate Center, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, said: "Today we concluded the first virtual international championship hosted by the QatarDebate Center under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. And it is only the beginning of developing educational strategies that adopt advanced methods in practicing meaningful dialogue and substantive discussion, regardless of the circumstances." Dr. Hayat praised the championship days that were filled with fun, learning, competition, breaking time barriers and distance, noting that the championship aligned with Qatar's vision of sustainability and addressing environmental changes facing the world. She advised the students by saying: "My sons and daughters the students, we are counting on you, and society aspires to rise and thrive with you. It is necessary to emphasize the importance of continuity of giving achievement and hard work with a firm desire, high motivation and a deep understanding to ensure qualitative development." Dr. Hayat extended her thanks to the honorable Qatar Foundation and the Community Development Sector for the continuous support of the center, and to all countries participating in this championship and to the judges, local and international trainers, and their work points from state institutions and ministries, especially the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. She also thanked the Qatar Debates ambassadors and all the volunteers participating, as well as the local and international media organizations for the daily coverage of the championship activities. Team Qatar which won the championship consisted from Moza Khaled Al Hajri, Abdullah Jassim Al Kubaisi - Muhammad Abdul Aziz Al Emadi - Asmahan Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, and Al-Jawhara Abdul Rahman Al Shammari. The jury in the championship included Dhaifallah Al Subhi from Saudi Arabia as president, and the membership of Abeer Majrouh from Tunisia, Farah Al Harbi from Kuwait, Abeer Al Sadiq from Sudan, Mohammad Ekamal from Malaysia, Yunus Al Jabari from Turkey, and Ali Al Jumaili from Yemen. (QNA)