Inter-Schools Debating Competition Ignites Intellectual Sparks at UTAS-Shinas

The University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS)-Shinas campus resonated with lively discussions and passionate arguments on 14th December 2023, as it hosted the much-anticipated 'Inter-Schools Debate: Where Ideas Come to Life' in the Engineering Building's Theatre Hall. Organized under the Community Engagement Committee, led by Mr. Salim Al Badi, Mr. Given Chakalisa, and Mr. Johnny Lanyon, the competition marked the culmination of an intensive Debating Training program that spanned across three secondary schools in Shinas. The event's primary objective was to nurture essential skills like public speaking, critical thinking, and effective communication among budding students. Additionally, it aimed to foster stronger ties between the University and its surrounding community. Three prominent secondary institutions, namely Ibn Al Atheer Secondary School, Saad bin Abi Waqas Secondary School, and Suhail bin Amro Secondary School, enthusiastically participated. Each school's team showcased impressive prowess and a deep understanding of the topic at hand: ‘Mobile Technology- Should authorities allow their use in the class?’After a series of rigorous debates and keen arguments, Ibn Al Atheer Secondary School emerged victorious, securing the first position. Following closely, Suhail bin Amro Secondary School clinched the second position, with both teams receiving accolades for their compelling arguments and articulation. Mr. Salim Al Badi, coordinator of the Community Engagement Committee, extended heartfelt appreciation to all participants, emphasizing the event's collaborative spirit. He particularly commended the dedication of the school teachers ,the enthusiasm of the students, and the expertise of the esteemed panel of judges, which included Ms. Amira al Balushi, Ms. Catherine Manansala, Mr. Ossama Sayed, and Ms. Preetha Anthony. Furthermore, Mr. Salim acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the English Club, who played a pivotal role in training the Level 1 Debating team and managing the event's logistics. He concluded with a note of optimism, expressing hope that future editions would witness even broader participation, encompassing more schools from the region. 


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