BALI, INDONESIA: Today, was a good day for Team Nigeria participating in the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) currently going on in Bali, Indonesia as they beat their opponent, Team Barbados to 3 – 0 in a preliminary round of debate.
In a motion titled “This House would deny tax-exempt status to religious institutions that refuse to appoint female leaders”, the Team Nigeria showed the stuff they were made of when in clear, logical and analytical manner they opposed the motion, clearing defeating their Barbados counterparts with all three judges unanimously giving them victory.
The 2017 World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) is taking place from August 1 to August 11 in Bali, an island in Indonesia with the reputation as an international tourism destination known for its natural beauty and unique culture heritage.
The tournament is hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with The Jakarta Post Foundation.
Participants from all across the globe are taking part in WSDC Bali 2017. As the WSDC attracts more nations to participate each year, the local organizing committee in Indonesia made preparations to accommodate up to 700 people consisting of debaters, adjudicators, coaches, and observers.
In line with the WSDC rule, each nation may send one delegation that will be the official representative of their nation to compete in WSDC Bali 2017.
The championship applies the 3-on-3 debate format, in which each debater has 8 minutes for their speeches while reply speech lasts for 4 minutes. Each team can consist of 3 to 5 debaters. Before the grand final round, there will be 8 preliminary rounds, the partial doubleoctofinals, the octofinals, the quarterfinals, and the semifinals.
Serving as Co-Chief Adjudicator of WSDC Bali 2017 is Kip Oebanda from the Philippines. In addition to his extensive experience in debate adjudication, Kip has also served as member of the panel during WSDC. Cape Town 2012 and WSDC Antalya 2013. At the moment, the local organizing committee of WSDC Bali 2017 is still looking for someone else to be Kip’s Co-Chief Adjudicator.
Anambra and Ebonyi States students make up the Team Nigeria and are doing Nigeria proud in Indonesia.
Team Nigeria is made up of the following students – Chiagozie Nnamdi Udorji, (Anambra) Precious Nneka Chigozie (Anambra), Chidimma Frances Akwue (Anambra), Josephine Chinonyelum Paschaline Enogu (Ebonyi), and Obianuju Blessing Eze (Ebonyi)
A highly elated Team Manager and the Coordinator of the President’s Schools Debate Nigeria (PSDN), Elder Dare Oritu, in reacting to the victory said: “I am very proud of Anambra and Ebonyi States from where we drew our Team Nigeria. It is a clear that they are not pushovers.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria at this event is bidding to host the World Schools Debating Championship in 2019. We excitedly await the outcome of the bid.