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Qatar’s ambassador to Thailand inspires Team Qatar at WSDC 2019

Qatar’s ambassador to Thailand inspires Team Qatar at WSDC 2019

Tribune News Network
Doha
Team Qatar recently participated in the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) 2019 where they met Qatar’s Ambassador to Thailand HE Jassim bin Abdulrahman al Thani. The WSDC was held in Bangkok from July 24 to August 1. It was an educational and memorable debate experience for Team Qatar, as they engaged in high quality debates against their peers from all over the world. The tournament featured more than 600 participants from 63 countries.
The ambassador welcomed the members of Team Qatar and the QatarDebate delegation, expressing his pride in the leaders of tomorrow and their participation in debates that have become vital not just personal development, but also in the field of foreign relations.
During the meeting, the Qatari ambassador gave the students advice after answering their questions about the diplomatic corps explaining the importance of political and international studies, and the need to master dialogue and the art of debate. He further noted the importance of reading and its usefulness, whether for students, diplomats or anyone, to nurture the mind, and suggested several books for them to read to benefit from.
The envoy urged them to represent Qatar abroad in the best way, and to take the opportunity to gain professional experience during their studies or work. He stressed the importance of learning foreign languages, as well as Arabic to understand the cultures of other countries.
Ahmed al Naimi, Qatar Academy graduate, who will join King’s College London this fall, explained Debating at WSDC has provided him with exposure to people from all kinds of cultures and backgrounds, as well as the ability to understand and respect different opinions while also being able to justify one’s own using reason and logic. His experience at WSDC which was like entering a microcosm of the world, a prelude to what to expect as he begins a new chapter of his life in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Maha al Haroon who will start her degree at Georgetown University this year, said that her years of debating have given her extensive knowledge about the world’s different political systems, country profiles and foreign relations. At the tournaments, Mahatook extensive notes from judges from all over the world and is now preparing to use all of this to share with younger debaters. She believes this is an experience that should be shared with as many people as possible, and since she was fortunate enough to access the best quality coaching and judging, she wants to pass on all that she has learned to her younger peers.
World Schools Debating Championship is premier annual tournament involving pre-tertiary debaters aged 14 – 18 was founded in 1988 and continues to be held in a different location every year. Qatar has not only been a regular WSDC participant but has also hosted the WSDC in 2010, with 57 national teams participating.
Qatar was represented at the tournament by the following students (national debate team): Ali al Mawlawi – Judge, recently completed Foundation at Kings College London, Ahmad al Naimi, Qatar Academy graduate who will start his tertiary education at Kings College London, Maha al Haroon, Al-Bayan School graduate starting her tertiary education at Georgetown University in Qatar, Alanoud al Thani from Qatar Academy, Farhan Sakkir from DPS-MIS, Ibrahim al Rumaihi from Ibn Khaldoun School, and Mubarak al Naimi and Reem al Kubaisi from the International School of London-Qatar, in addition to a delegation from QatarDebate Center.

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