18th Annual Inter School Debate Competition
The Consulate General of India, Dubai in association with GEMS Our Own Indian School, Dubai organized the 18th Annual Inter School Debate Competition on October 9, 2017 at 1000 hours. This competition is held every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian nation.
The preliminary round was conducted on 28th September 2017 and topic for the round was “70 years of Independence – Has India achieved enough?” Twelve schools participated in this round and eight schools qualified for the final.
The topic for the final round of the debate was “India @ 70: Indian women are empowered…” Eight schools competed for the prestigious Best Speaker Award For and Against the motion. The Best Speakers Against the motion was Arun Anand of The Millennium School, Dubai and Diya Shilin of Our Own English High School, Sharjah and For the motion was Sara Ansari of The Millennium School, Dubai. First Runner up Against the motion was Arathi Suraj of Gems Our Own English High School, Dubai and For the motion was Mariya Nadeem of Our Own English High School, Sharjah. Second Runner up Against the motion was Srishti Ghosh of GEMS Modern Academy and For the motion was Deepa Dileep Menon of GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai. The Rolling Trophy for the best team was awarded to Sara Ansari and Arun Anand of The Millennium School, Dubai.