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Eight schools, 21 participants- only five are meant to make it to an arena which will give them the opportunity to represent Bangladesh on an international stage. Only five will make it to Seoul, South Korea, where they will unite themselves under one flag, and compete for victory, in the World Schools Debating Camp.



The challenging task of hand-picking 'the talented five' was as usual brought upon the 'Bangladesh Debating Council' (BDC) and this year, the institution hosting the grand event by East West University! The event was held within the premises of the university, under the coordination of the EWUDC (East West University Debating Club), on the 30th and 31st of March. The following are the names of all the students who participated, representing their respective schools. International School Dhaka(ISD)-Shabab Mirza, Shafqat Manir, Vrijen Attawar; Mastermind- Aniqa Moinuddin, Nazmus Saadat, Nabila Idris, Farhana Islam Muna, Kashpee Wahid, Sidrat Zabeen; Manarat- Sohara Mehroze, Sumaiya Anjum Kashfi, Mehrab Bin Bakhtiyar, Mehdi Bin Samad; Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT)- Nabil Bin Murtuza, Farah Nasreen Chowdhury, Faiza Rahman; The Red Brick School (TRBS)- Al Akib Badrudduja; Notre Dame College (NDC)- Mir Nakibul Islam; European standard School (ESS)- Mahnaz Reza; Aga Khan School (AKS)- Maimun Mustafa; Sunnydale- Abul Fazal.

Prior to this two day event, participants had been handed out assignments which they would need to submit on the 30th march 2007, since 20% of their grading depended on this assignment. At this level, three participants had already been disqualified because they had failed to submit their assigned work. The first day of the event, was commenced with a brief debating workshop, at 10 am, in the auditorium of the university. The workshop was followed by acquainting the participants with foreign English accents, style and extempore of debate through debating videos of previous world debating camps. This was again followed by another workshop and live debate presented by the BDC, till it was lunch time. The EWU cafeteria catered all those present with delicious khichuri, and once everyone was done stuffing themselves, the event continued with Selection Phases I and II, in which participants were graded according to how they judged the live debate presented by the BDC. Once, all this huge ordeal of marking and grading by the adjudicators, was done for the day, EWU once again, refreshed everyone with a cultural event that hosted talented musicians of the country.

Day II- starting with a photo session that included all 18 participants, adjudicators of the BDC, President and GS of EWUDC and all those in the Program Management Committee. Selection Phase- III began at 10 am in which, participants were individually tested, completely separate from the other participants. While each participant fought to grab marks from the adjudicators, the others played games and danced to different tunes. In fact, outstandingly talented, Shaba Mirza, from ISD, was seen to shake all his tensions away with Columbian pop singer, Shakira's, hit single- Hips Don't Lie! But fun time was soon over as Selection Phase- IV demanded written examinations, which were the most crucial part of the entire selection process. Once, the exam was over, participants had lunch while the adjudicators checked the answer scripts. 01:45 pm came with bang where 18, was cut down to 12, based on the average marks scored in all the selection phases in the two days, yet. The grand finale came when participants were divided in 4 grouos of 3, and the first real debate took place in two days! The motion for the Upper House was, 'This House Believes in Pacifism', and that of the lower house was, 'This House Would Use Force to Ensure Peace'. This round gave us those ten who will be further trained for the next one month, and out of whom, five will carry the national pride to Seoul.

The closing ceremony of the two day event, was adorned with a prize giving ceremony and a grand buffet dinner in which, Mr. Jalaluddin Ahmed, President Board of Directors, EWU, was present. Even though, the final selection has not been made yet, irrespective of which five make it all the way to Seoul, the nation is proud of its youth, and wishes them a hearty goodluck!




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