Kathmandu, February 13, 2016:Â Second Annual National World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) forÂ high school students, ends on February 13 with Team Chelsea International Academy, TeamÂ Dhristanta and Team United School winning the first prizes for English, Nepali and NoviceÂ categories respectively. They beat Team Zero, Team Southwestern College and TeamÂ Bridgewater International Academy respectively to lift the championsâ€Ÿ trophies.
Fifteen English best speakers selected from this championship have been shortlisted for WSDCÂ World Championship 2016 to be held in Germany this July.Â A total of 20 teams comprising of three to five debaters each participated this year. This yearÂ a new category â€“ â€žNoviceâ€Ÿ was also introduced in which those debaters who were relativelyÂ new to debating competed and were judged amongst themselves.
Tournament co-convener Prabin Basyal who has also competed at the Thessaloniki WorldÂ Championships 2016 said, â€œItâ€Ÿs good to see the enthusiasm towards debating among the youthÂ of today. Debating helps acquire many necessary skills, an important one would be the art ofÂ listening which does not come quite easily to many but is very essential nonetheless.Â Thankfully youth today are realizing the importance of debating and we felt that duringÂ Mahakumbha this year.â€
One of the participants, Dilisha Bhusal expresses that Mahakumbha has helped polish her skillÂ to a great extent. â€œIf I am to remember the person I was when I entered this hall, I wouldnâ€ŸtÂ find myself this confident and bold. Mahakumbha has sharpened my public speaking abilityÂ and provided me a platform to network with intellectual and like-minded people. I am so gladÂ that I joined this championship.â€
The five day long debate tournament was organized by Debate Network Nepal â€“ anÂ organization that works to institutionalize debating experience in Nepal, in partnership withÂ Artha Foundation, Student Oriented Project and Network (SOPAN) and Kingâ€Ÿs College.