On the 5th -8th of March 3 GIBS students participated in the 18th International Debate Tournament in Ljutomer, Slovenia! Participants came from around the world; from USA to Turkey, to compete and our students performed admirably at their first official tournament. They spoke eloquently and convincingly on a wide range of issues, often against older students and ultimately convinced the judges in two of those debates; on LGBT issues and on Cryptocurrencies. The whole GIBS community is very proud of their participation and achievement.
The tournament was spread over three days and each day had 3 motions up for debate. Three of the topics we had prepared for diligently in the Debate Club, which takes place every Wednesday afternoon. Another three of them were “impromptu” motions which meant the students had an hour to prepare without the help of their coach or their phones. Although there was some intense work to be done from early morning to late afternoon, the students had a lot of fun engaging with the different topics and meeting new people from different countries. On the Friday evening there was an international cultural night where the students had the chance to try some snacks and food from different countries. They seemed to particularly enjoy learning some traditional Turkish and Bosnian dances. It was all things considered an incredible experience and the students gained a lot from their participation. So here’s hoping we can do more of such activities!
If you are interested in learning how to debate, develop skills in presenting arguments and hopefully participating in more tournaments and events like this, the debate club usually takes place on Wednesday at 14:45 -16:15 or contact Mr. Ó Cribín.