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QatarDebate connects Qatari and US students

QatarDebate connects Qatari and US students

Publication Date:
16 Feb 2014
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In an effort to bridge cultures and advance global citizenship among youth through education, QatarDebate held the Qatar Debate Schools League (QDSL) tournament, in which Qatar Foundation International (QFI) participated, at Al Maha Academy on Saturday.

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In an effort to bridge cultures and advance global citizenship among youth through education, QatarDebate held the Qatar Debate Schools League (QDSL) tournament, in which Qatar Foundation International (QFI) participated, at Al Maha Academy on Saturday.

The tournament witnessed the participation of six student finalists from Washington Latin Public Charter School (WLPCS) in Washington DC, along with six Qatari peers, in a first-of-a-kind debate that allowed students to ˜connect across geographical, social and cultural boundaries', according to the Executive Director at QFI Maggie Mitchell Salem.

"The debate programme combines culture and education in a way that truly reflects QFI's overarching mission of enabling young people to be empowered, global citizens," Salem said.

According to WLPCS Debate Coach Todd Fine, the coaches worked with the American students for several months to teach them the specific rules of the debate format in Qatar, while practicing on topics that are similar to the ones in Saturday's tournament.

"For several months, we taught the American students the specific rules of the debate format in Qatar, while practicing debating on topics that are similar to the ones in today's tournament," Fine said.

The tournament consisted of four debate rounds, where debaters tested their knowledge, critical thinking skills and rhetorical capabilities across a wide range of topics, including restrictions on the use of cars, children's obligations towards their parents and the use of alternative medicine.

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