Posted on April 11, 2018

Under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the 4th International Schools Arabic Debating Championship (ISADC), organized by QatarDebate Centre concludes today Wednesday April 11.

As many as 50 Arabic-speaking and non-Arabic speaking countries have participated in the 4th ISADC which took place between April 7-11. The 4th ISADC has seen a strong competition among the participating teams. The Turkish and Lebanese teams were qualified for the final, which will be held today evening a mid a feeling of growing anticipation among all participating teams to announce the winner of the 4th edition of the championship.

The members of the Turkish and Lebanese teams, qualified for the final round, stressed that they are seeking to deliver outstanding performance during the final round. They also pointed out that the 4th ISADC has fulfilled its objectives set to develop school students' creative ability. They added that QatarDebate Center has provided full support to help them qualify for the final rounds, stressing that the adjudication was very fair and professional. The Lebanese team confirmed that they had started preparations two months prior to the championship, stressing their determination to win the final round. It is worth mentioning that Lebanon won the championship in 2012.

The Lebanese team members confirmed that the motions proposed during the championship rounds have featured depth of knowledge and wider culture at the level of regional or global issues. For their part, the Turkish team members pointed out that they succeeded to qualify for the final as they had been preparing for the championship and working hard, particularly learning the Arabic Language as second language. Qualifying for the 4th ISADC final is an impressive record of achievement, the Turkish team added.

The Italian and Bosnia and Herzegovina teams also expressed their happiness at participating in the 4th ISADC, describing it as a valuable experience. They pointed out that what makes the ISADC a success is bringing together a number of countries with different cultures to debate in the Arabic Language. Meanwhile, the 4th ISADC has witnessed the presence of professional adjudicators including 60 local adjudicators. The adjudicators stressed the remarkable progress monitored in the 4th edition of the championship this year in terms of adjudication standards and the impressive organization as well as the increasing number of participating countries despite the siege.

Wadha Al Hajri, who presided the judges panel, said she has been cooperating with QatarDebate Center for five years and she has also participated in most international championships at schools and universities level. Hajri pointed out that the championship is witnessing the presence of strong teams from both Arabic-speaking and non-Arabic speaking countries. She added that the community awareness of the significance of art of debating has been significantly increased, particularly since it gives students confidence in themselves and make them defend their beliefs by holding constructive dialogue.

Mohammed Al-Marri, adjudicator, confirmed that the championship has been a success this year and seen a remarkable progress, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness of the art of debating around the world. Participants in the 4th ISADC visited a number of tourist attractions in Qatar on Tuesday. The trip organized by QatarDebate Center in cooperation with youth hostels.

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