Debating on the Global Campus has returned! Hundreds of Nord Anglia pupils around the world are collaborating to research motions, write opening statements and prepare argument rebuttals. This year, the competition focuses on the United Nations' Global Goals programme.
Debating is a valuable skill in which children learn to argue in a respectful way. It helps them to see an issue from a different point of view, think hard about problems, communicate well, research effectively and work as a team. The process of debating encourages a free and lively exchange of ideas with a healthy respect for different points of view. These are qualities that benefit individuals, societies and the global community.
This year’s Global Campus Debating League consists of three rounds, each one taking place over a month. On the first day the debate motion is released and the team has a few days to research and gather evidence for their argument. Over the remaining days they must then post an opening statement, main argument, rebuttal and closing statement.
As detailed in the previous newsletter, we have two secondary debating teams – one for upper and one for lower secondary. In primary, our debating team is called ‘The British Bears of Beijing’ and it’s members are: Abigail, Liia, Martin, Elisa and Konstantin, who are shown in the photograph above.
Following the teams’ participation in the first round, we are very proud to announce that all three BSB teams have won their first debates against their opposing team! Points were given for the quality of posts, including whether the post is well-informed, demonstrates critical thinking and evidence of teamwork. Bonus points were also awarded for politeness and coherence.
This first round began on 12th January in which the primary team were battling against ‘NAIS Debating tigers’. The motion was: ‘Rich countries should give money to developing countries to help them develop clean energy sources’, which was taken from the 7th UN Global Goal - Affordable, Clean Energy. Our team created a detailed argument against the motion by referring to corruption and dependency, suggesting that we should support developing countries in ways that sustain them for the long term.
Tips for further improving pupils’ arguments include explaining multiple points and providing plenty of evidence (quotations or statistics).
We will soon begin round two, in which we will battle ‘Roaring Lions’ to discuss childhood obesity and healthy living. Round 3 will begin in March and for this final round we will battle against ‘Animal Lovers’.
When the three rounds are complete, the highest scoring teams will be invited to take part in the debate final. There will also be an award for ‘Great improvement’, for the team who has acted upon feedback and advice. We wish all our teams the best of luck in their remaining debating rounds!
Update from: Ms. Emily Newman, Year 6 Class Teacher, Global Campus Lead Teacher
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