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5th International Schools Debating Championship

The Fifth International Schools Debating Championship is back again in a hybrid interactive version. The School Debate Championship is a global event that brings students from different countries across the world in a digital space that allows them to debate in Arabic about the most pressing societal and global challenges and contemporary issues.

This championship also provides an opportunity for debaters around the world to get to know each other, exchange experiences and build bridges of communication based on dialogue and logic, in addition to raising the status of the Arabic language as an enriching civilized medium.

 

5th International Schools Debating Championship

Arabic Category

 

The main category in the 5th International Schools Debating Championship which is the Arabic category will witness the participation of 40 teams representing 40 countries from across the globe to debate and compete for the 5th ISDC title.

The Arabic category has a sub-category for non-native Arabic speakers, where they will be able to compete in the championship and qualify for best speaker awards in their category.

We wish you all the best in the competitions.

 

For any inquiries you can reach us at: qatardebate@qf.org.qa or qdap@qf.org.qa

5th International Schools Debating Championship

English Category

QatarDebate is proud to introduce the English category to the International Schools Debating Championship for the first time.

The tournament has attracted some of the best adjudicators, coaches and debaters from around the world, simultaneously a host of new nations have been added to the tournament, thus ensuring the promotion of the culture of debating around the world.

The English category will host 50 teams representing more than 35 countries from across the globe.
The tournament will take place in the World Schools Debating championships format, and we are excited to host you in this prestigious event.

 

For more inquiries please reach us at qdep@qf.org.qa

*Scroll down for FAQs on the English category of the championship

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What is the International Schools Debating Championship?
    The International Schools Debating Championship is considered the largest global event in the field of Arabic debates. It targets school students around the world and is organized by QatarDebate Center. The fifth version of the championship will be held in a hybrid form from 3rd to 7th April, 2021.
  2. How will the championship be organized in light of the Corona pandemic?
    Due to the circumstances imposed by the Corona pandemic, the championship will be organized in a hybrid form, as it includes some activities on the ground for participants and adjudicators in the State of Qatar, in addition to holding all debate rounds digitally via the championship website.
  3. How can we participate in the championship?
    If schools and educational institutions are interested in participating in the championship, they can register through QatarDebate website before March 6, 2021.
  4. Does each school have the right to participate with more than one team?
    Only one team from each country can participate in the championship, and in the event that more than one school or educational institution desires to participate from the same country, they will be selected based on the participation criteria described in the registration guide.**for the English category of the 5th International Schools Debating Championship, more than one team from the same country can participate in the championship, but only one team from the same country – the highest scoring team – will break to the octo-finals.
  5. Will the participation be in the name of the school or the country?
    Each competing team in the championship represents the country in which the school or educational institution that obtained an acceptance letter to participate in the championship is located.
  6. Can one team be formed from different schools or educational institutions?
    Yes, one team can consist of students from different schools or educational institutions to represent the state, provided that it meets the conditions mentioned in the registration guide.
  7. What platform is used in the championship?
    The digital aspect of the championship is organized through a special website for the championship, as it was specially designed to facilitate the debating process for all participants. All those who are accepted will be informed of all the details related to it, in addition to providing them with a technical guide explaining how to use and deal with the website interfaces.
  8. What are the championship awards?
    The QatarDebate Center honors the winning teams in the first three places, and the best ten speakers of the participating students are honored, according to the criteria described in the technical regulations. Winning teams receive trophies, medals and certificates in recognition of their achievements in the championship.
  9. Should a team coach be registered with a faculty or educational institution?
    The educational institution accepted to participate in the championship has the right to delegate any coach it deems appropriate to supervise the team, provided that it fulfills the conditions set forth in the registration guide.
  10. How can the adjudicators register for the championship?
    The QatarDebate Center sends invitations to participate in the championship for those who have passed the training approved by QatarDebate for for adjudicating debates around the world.
  11. How will the championship adjudicators be selected?
    QatarDebate Center is keen to raise the quality of adjudication in the championship by accepting adjudicators who have obtained approved training, with priority given to experienced adjudicators, provided that all adjudicators pass the adjudicating competency test prepared by QatarDebate Center.
  12. Are there participation certificates for the debaters and adjudicators?
    All championship participants receive certificates of participation, proving their participation in the championship activities.
  13. How many categories are in the 5th International Schools Debating Championship?
    This championship will have two main categories, an Arabic category – with a sub-category for non-native Arabic speakers – and an English Category, and this is the first time we introduce this category in the International Schools Debating Championship.
  14. What is the duration of the debate speeches?
    The duration of the main speeches during a debate is 6 minutes while the duration of the reply speech is only 3 minutes long.
  15. How many rounds must we debate?
    The main category of the championship will compromise of 5  preliminary rounds, then the top 8 scoring teams will qualify to the knockout stages, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the grand finale.The English Category of the championship will comprise of five preliminary rounds, octofinals, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the grand finale. All teams debate all the 5 preliminary rounds, with the top 16 teams qualifying for the octofinals.
  16. How many speeches do I need to give to qualify for speaker awards?
    Debaters must have debated at least 3 out of the 5 preliminary rounds to qualify for speaker awards.
  17. Will the championship motions be announced beforehand?
    A set of debate motions will be announced on March 7. Some debate rounds will have unannounced motions, and motions will be released to debaters to before the round to prepare for the debate.
  18. Should teams that registered in the last championship register again?
    Yes, all those wishing to participate in the championship must register again and adhere to all registration stages described in the registration guide.
  19. What is the deadline for announcing the selected teams?
    An acceptance announcement will be sent to the selected teams on March 7th, after which the data of the debaters will be recorded and the participation fees will be paid.
  20. What is the age group participating in the championship?
    School students between the ages of 14-18 are eligible to participate in the championship.
  21. Why does the team consist of 5 members instead of 4?
    Although each team in the debate include only 3 debaters, each team has the right to have one or two debaters as a backup. The fifth member is optional in order to ensure the continuity of the rounds in case the participants encounter any technical problems.
  22. How will teams encountering technical problems during the championship be dealt with?
    QatarDebate Center is keen to ensure smooth and fair participation for all debaters, especially in light of the current hybrid championship version (in-person and virtual). Therefore, all laws that are included in this will be published in the technical guide for the championship.

Frequently Asked Questions about the English Category of the Championship

  1. What is the English category of the 5th International Schools Debating Championship?
    This is the first edition of the English category of the International Schools Debate Championship, a global event that brings students from different countries across the world in a digital space that allows them to debate about the most pressing societal and global contemporary challenges in English.
  2. How can we participate in the English category of the 5th International Schools Debating Championship?
    Teams can register here anytime before the registration deadline, which is 18th March:
    https://qatardebate.org/international-events/isdcs/isdc5/isdc5-in-english/
  3. What format will be used in the English Category of the 5th International Schools Debating Championship?
    The tournament will follow the standard WSDC format of 3 substantive speeches and a reply. Substantive speeches will be 8 mins in length, while replies will be 4 mins. POIs can be offered between the first and last minute of every substantive speech.
  4. How many debaters are there per team?
    Each team can comprise of 3 to 5 members. Only 3 debaters will speak at any given debate.
  5. Will the topics be announced beforehand?
    No, all topics/motions will be impromptu, with the topics released 30 minutes before the debate starts.
  6. Do you provide training before the tournament?
    Yes, we do, there will be training sessions offered as well as material released. Please follow our Facebook Events Page for updates : https://fb.me/e/5oHvaRAcU
  7. I am a judge interested in judging at this tournament, is it possible for me to join?
    Yes, we accept applications for Independent Judges. Please apply here https://qatardebate.org/international-events/isdcs/isdc5/isdc5-in-english/ By March 18th 2021.

Arabic Category

  • Download the technical guide for the Arabic Category
    of the 5th International Schools Debating championship
  • Download the championship brief for the Arabic Category
    of the 5th International Schools Debating championship

English Category 

 

Main Speech Timer – Arabic Category (6 Minutes)

 

Reply Speech Timer – Arabic Category (3 Minutes)

 

Main Speech Timer – English Category (8 Minutes)

 

Reply Speech Timer – English Category (4 Minutes)

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