TAKSHILA INTERSCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it “- Joseph Joubert
Delhi Public School, Pune organised an Inter–School English Debate competition on November 30, 2019. The event witnessed participation of students from various schools in Pune giving their views on the topic ‘Resist till the very end, but without violence’. The school Principal, Mrs Neelam Chakrabarty, welcomed the judges and emphasized the importance of inculcating good values in today’s generation in her welcome speech.
A total of 16 students participated in the event. The event was graced with the presence of eminent judges from the educational field. Ms Sharvari Govande, Principal, St. Mary’s College of Education and Ms Shilpa Navgire, Headmistress, Gnyanankur English Medium School, were invited as the judges for the competition. The aim of the competition was to hone public speaking skills of the students and teach them to be articulate while expressing their thoughts and opinions. The speakers spoke eloquently on the topic and debated enthusiastically for both ‘for’ and ‘against’ the motion. The highlight of the event was the rebuttal round, as a volley of questions were answered confidently by both the sides, inviting counter questions which were aptly answered by witty and vivacious speakers. The teams got an overwhelming response from the audience. The children were enthusiastic in giving their views and displayed a deep understanding of the topic. The session was a kaleidoscope of opinions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives that definitely enhanced the knowledge and understanding of the topic among students. The event was aimed to give an impetus to the bright and energetic students and inculcate in them a spirit of competitiveness and confidence. The comperes stole the show with their pleasing presence on the stage.
At the end of the event, the judges appreciated the efforts of the students, teachers and their parents. They were highly impressed with the confidence, diction, content and oratorical skills of the participants. They guided the students with their knowledge and wisdom so that they can improve their public speaking skills. The competition was an enthralling experience for the speakers as well as for the audience.