Wednesday 25th January saw the Global Campus Debate Club fixture between Nord Anglia International School Al Khor and the British International School of Washington. The 75-minute debate took place on a live Teams meeting with the International time zone differences finding some students joining from home and others from school!
Four students from each school made up the four debating teams and they did not find out their sides, roles, or motion until they joined the debate! This meant they had to think on their feet and use their powers of persuasion to convince the judges and each other. The motion they were given was “This house believes Space exploration is a waste of resources.”
Some of the topics discussed included the innate curiosity of humans and their thirst for knowledge to improve our world, the consequences of exploration on our planet (including climate change and global warming), how money could be better spent on poverty and malnutrition and even touched on a space war with other space civilisations! Debaters fit a lot into the five minutes each and they even had time to answer some POIs!
The Global Campus Education team were blown away by the eloquence, confidence and persuasive techniques used by every debating member and found it very hard to rank the teams, especially as the points found them so close. They actually had to do some debating themselves to get the final positions!
The judges wanted to extend a special congratulations to Nord Anglia International School Al Khor for such an impressive first debate. The GC Team wanted to highlight how proud Al Khor debaters should be of themselves for delivering such fluent and credible arguments in an unfamiliar, yet hopefully fun, situation!
Well done Nord Anglia International School Al Khor and good luck for the second round against the British International School of Houston.
The students participating in the Global Campus Debate League: