QatarDebate Center unveils future plans

October 17, 2010 - 12:09:13 am

QatarDebate Center Executive Director, Dr Hayat Maarafi and QatarDebate Educational Programmes Manager, Dr Abdellatif Sellami, during the press conference.


DOHA: QatarDebate Center has announced its events for the coming year with a large number of initiatives including making awareness among parents on debate.

QatarDebate will conduct a number of tournaments for university and secondary school students separately and there will be more programmes to reach out to the parent community too. The coming season is going to be “very exciting and enterprising,” said Dr Hayat Maarafi, Executive Director, QatarDebate Center. She also introduced Dr Abdellatif Sellami, the new Educational Programmes Manager at QatarDebate, speaking at a press conference.

“Following the success of the debate at The Pearl-Qatar, which focused on the relationship between parents and children, QatarDebate is planning to organise more of such events this year involving parents,” Dr Maarafi said.

Parents will be the target group and QD will be focusing on to raise awareness on debate among them as they have been an integral part of the team along with the students and teachers.” She also mentioned that QatarDebate will engage the community in debates to think analytically and positively by providing suitable themes at appropriate occasions.

Dr. Abdellatif Sellami, speaking on the occasion hoped that his stint at QatarDebate will enable him develop the centre and make it realize the goals and objectives. He said “Debate is the key to engage the younger generation in a productive and enterprising manner. It enables them understand the importance of reasoning and get to know each other in a better way. It also makes them respect the opinions of others and evaluate the pros and cons of every piece of opinion they deliberate on.”

QatarDebate will introduce the British Parliamentary debate model at the universities level for its future debate sessions and there will be a workshop in training the students in the new approach from today. Students, faculty and judges, will be given sufficient training in this new method by Kate Shuster, the Director of the world’s largest debate programme for students “the Middle School Public Debate Program” headquartered at Claremont McKenna College.