The debate competition organized by the Borderless World Foundation for Basera-e-Tabassum girls was the maiden episode planned by the Central office at Srinagar. Debate is one of the academic activities that give students creative room to express what they feel. The length and breadth of knowledge that they gain through this is simply unparallel. The competition was held at the Central Office Conference Room on 26th August, 2015. The emphatic aim of the debate was to gather the girls of all B-e-T Homes at one place and help them to explore and appreciate their skills.
The format of the debate was a bit different where in two topics were assigned to two groups. The group ‘A’ comprised of girls of higher secondary and had to debate on the topic, “Importance of Women Leadership in Kashmir” whereas the second group ‘B’ comprised of juniors were assigned to exhibit their debating skills on the topic, “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.
It was very evident that the girls were well prepared and they used various skills like definitions, irony, overstatement etc. to convince the audience and the judges. Some participants armed with Statistics and data made their arguments more emphatic with their righteous facial expressions, body language and gestures. Some girls exhibited great oratorical skills but it was observed that most of the participants had to work on their pronunciation, body language and gestures.
The Panel of Judges was chaired by Miss Salima Bhat and Mr. Haris Abrar.
At the end of the heated but interesting debate which lasted over three hours. The certificates of participation were distributed to all the participants and the prize ceremony was headed by Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Reshi.
- Rubeena Akbar of B-e-T Kupwara emerged the First prize holder in Group ‘A’ and Nadia Jan of B-e-T Anantnag from group ‘B’.
- The 2nd prize from group ‘A’ went to Sarwar Jan of B-e-T Beerwah and from group ‘B’ to Gulshan Ara of B-e-T Kupwara.
- The 3rd best was chosen Nancy Gowhar from group ‘A’ of B-e-T Anantnag and Parveena Akhter of B-e-T Kupwara from group ‘B’.
At the end, messages and suggestions from all Judges and Programme officers were taken into account. The team of BWF is thankful to all the girls for their active participation as winning and losing is just a part but participation matters a lot and congratulates all the winners and wishes good luck to all.
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