International Debate Academy
Since 2008, QatarDebate has sent Qatari students and other students studying in Qatar to world-renowned debate academies on full sponsorship. Generally, these debate academies consist of 4 to 5 days of intensive debate training, followed by a 2 to 3 day tournament.
Traveling to other countries for training has a variety of benefits. Students become more responsible for themselves as they must wake up and arrive to trainings on time. They meet debaters from different countries and learn about their cultural differences and similarities. Additionally, the international level of competition brings different perspectives on argumentation and rebuttal. These trips are incredibly bonding and learning experiences for the students who take advantage of them.
In 2011, the students attending the World Schools Debating Academy in Slovenia had many successes. At the tournament that followed the week-long training, three of the four teams made it to the final rounds and the team of Yousef Fakhroo, Majed Al Ansari, and Safa Kashaf won 1st place! Additionally, Qatar’s debaters were the 1st, 2nd, and 7th Best Speakers. It was a great achievement.