Communication has always been one of the crucial life skills that aids people in all aspects of their lives, be it personal or professional. Communication plays a key role in sustaining collaborations and building a strong profile for the professional world. Building good communication skills should be a cornerstone for every education system as it not only prepares students for the future, but it also enables them to be confident and gain an edge in the world of work.
Some of the fun and fruitful ways of developing communication skills are honing one’s debating, presentation, public speaking skills etc., that act as effective tools for youngsters to become future leaders. Apart from it being just fun, debating (which encompasses many aspects of public speaking) offers a lot of value for a youngster’s growth.
At Sai University (SaiU), active learning is a critical component of our multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education system that allows students to gradually develop their communication skills, critical thinking capabilities, research skills, among others. SaiU positions itself as a proud bearer of unique teaching methodologies that aim to instill the above-mentioned life skills and much more to students.
Keeping SaiU’s unique education model as the foundation, War of Words, our very first international interschool debate competition, was created. The preliminary round of the event saw robust participation of 38 students from 13 schools in India and 3 schools in UAE. Students debated it out on all aspects of the theme and covered a variety of topics like climate change, public water utilities, indiscriminate tourism among others.
As we relish the victory of War of Words, here are a few reasons as to why debating helps students in the long run:
Boosts critical thinking skills
Debates urge students to evaluate a subject matter and look at it from different perspectives. It also lets them evaluate a viewpoint that appeals more to them and develop a rationale to back it up. As a result, instead of passive intake of information, they engage with a topic and think about it in a constructive manner.