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Virtual Debate Competition

Together with Debate Mate, we invited students in Years 11-13 to take part in our Virtual Debate Competition.

Our Virtual Debate Competition took place from 3-5 December 2021.  The competition was recommended for students in years 11-13, aged 16+.

More than 60 teams from 35 school in 23 countries participated in the event. The full list of schools is available here. Over three days, students showcased their debating skills and competed against their international peers through live debates on Zoom. After each debate, students received high quality and extensive feedback from expert judges, allowing them to develop their skills as the competition progressed. Students were scored on each of their debates to determine the semi-finalists and finalists. 

Motions

The following prepared and impromptu motions were debated:

Day 1

  • Prepared: This House believes that hosting the Olympic Games does more harm than good to a country.
  • Impromptu: This House believes that protests are the most effective way to bring about change.

Day 2

  • Prepared: This House believes that digital technology has done more to disconnect than connect us.
  • Impromptu: This House believes that children make better leaders than adults.

Day 3

  • Semi-final (prepared): This House believes that it is legitimate to break the law in order to protect the environment.
  • Final (impromptu): This House would rather hire a robot than a human.
     

Results 

The quality of debate was exceptionally high throughout the competition. Well done to all students who participated.

The teams who scored highest and progressed to the Semi-Finals were:

 Red League  Blue League

 Team 1 - British School of Milan

 Team 1 - Corona Secondary School

 Team 2 - GEMS Wellington International School

 Team 1 - Park Lane International School

 Team 1 - British School of Bucharest

 Team 3 - Grange School

 Team 1 - International Community School

 Team 1 - English International College 

 

The semi-finalists who scored highest and progressed to the Grand-Final were:

 Red League  Blue League

 Team 2 - GEMS Wellington International School

 Team 1 - English International College

 

Winning Team

Congratulations to GEMS Wellington International School for winning the Grand-Final debate and being crowned the overall winners of our 2021 Virtual Debate Competition!

Congratulations to English International College for securing second place and The British School of Milan for securing third place.
 

Thank you to Debate Mate for hosting our 2021 Virtual Debate Competition!

Debate Mate is an innovative global social business that employs elite debate mentors to teach the skills of communication and leadership in schools and businesses across the world. With 13 years of experience, we run one of the worlds largest debating programmes and we equip people of all ages and backgrounds with the ability to communicate & collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, to think critically and creatively, whilst also developing empathy, resilience and core confidence. We have worked with over 1,500 businesses and brands and work with 6,000 young people each week.