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Me and the art of self defence

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Hey everybody...I am back!

I have to admit that as a secondary school student, It is not going to be easy to update my blog so often. I have been busier than ever for the last 2 months.

On top of my science studies and some extra-curriculum activities, a few of you knew i was a competitive debater. In fact i have been debating for more than an year now and was elected as the president of the debating club at my school.

So why Am I so interested in debating?

Debating is an art of verbal self defence. Debate is more that just talking or arguing. It is about engaging an opposition in a rigorous intellectual contest. So defending my position and bring judges on my side gives me great pleasure:)

But a debate is more than an intellectual game. It is an approach to learning which put the contenders at the center of the process and testing the persuasive skills of each participant. In a debate, all ideas are in play and open to critical analysis.

In the quest to take my debating skills to the next level, this week i had a chance to take part in a debating course organised by idebate Rwanda, the US Embassy in Kigali and Goethe Institut - the german cultural Centre at Avenue Paul VI. All the trainees were from secondary schools in Kigali districts but a few came from other provinces too.

The leading trainer was Mr Chris Baron from Baltimore. Chris is an experienced debate trainer and was the co-founder of Baltimore Urban Debate League in USA.

Leading role: Me and other students in a group session
Leading role: Me and other students in a group session.

Some of the best high school debaters in Kigali took part as we learned strategies, techniques and approaches that will allow us to become  more effective advocates. So I learned a lot  with Chris Baron and i can also figure out where I stand among other high school debaters in Kigali. This is going to help me a great deal in my debate adventure.


FAWE school for girls stole the show!

After two weeks of debate training, Saturday 24/08/2013 was a competition day. It was  nice to see so many schools represented, girls and boys ready to fight for the 1st spot. After a long day and several elimination rounds, It was FAWE that came out on top beating the King David Academy and Gashora Girls Academy.

My school was not competing but from what I experienced this week and some competitions coming up next month, I believe I have some fun to look forward to.

Have you got a topic you wish to argue about and you believe you can challenge me?

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Aline Joyce Berabose is a keen reader and writer. She writes about issues related to youth and peace building. At 17, she has developed interest in blogging and global issues at early age. One of the brightest scholars in science, Multilingual and good communicator, Aline Joyce is involved in several activities including volunteering and debating.