ANOTHER INTER-PROMOTION DEBATE COMPETITION AT ULK GISENYI CAMPUS
It has become an annual habit for ULK students to hold debate competitions that bring together all classes starting from first years to those in final classes. This year’s competition kicked off on 28th October, 2015 and climaxed on 2nd November, 2015 under the auspices of ULK students’ union, AGEULK.
It all started with the knock out phases whereby year one classes had to face year threes while year two classes were to lock horns with year four classes. This phase saw year one classes and year four classes get out of the completion while their counterparts in year two and year three made it to the finals.
The finals took place on the aforementioned date with one motion on the table, “this house believes that computer technology has made life easier”. Either side had been brainstorming on this topic by gathering views for and against it as debaters knew nothing about the side they were to stand for. To know their sides, both groups of debaters were called to make draws so as to ensure that impartiality is to lead the competition through.
After making draws, year two debaters namely Dushimimana Isaac, Mukangoga Esther and Mukeshimana Angel found themselves on the opposition side while their fellow debaters from year three, notably Dushime Moses, Bigirimana Isaac and Bukombe Innocent were to argue for the motion. Interestingly however, both sides could be seen ready to task their minds with a view to convince both judges and the audience at large.
Before giving their merits and demerits of the motion, the chief judge, Feza Clémence, grabbed the microphone to let debaters know some of the instructions to adhere to. She said among others that debaters should bear in mind that giving a point and supporting it with examples or statistics will earn them marks, while talking without destroying the opponent’s idea would take away some marks.
She also requested them to prove their good manners all along the debaters as misbehaving might push judges to act negatively against the mischievous debater.
Something to rejoice for is that students themselves led the debate. This is true of any case because the moderator, Mr Bititi Boutros, is a student from year four DVS, Feza Clémence, a student from year three Rural Develoment, to mention but a few. When the debate came to an end, judges gathered their marks and at the end of the day the proposition side, i.e. year four students were declared winners. After the declaration, the audience was given the floor to add some comments.
Speaking at the event, Mr Manirakiza Jean Baptiste, lecturer of English Skills, said that debates improve one’s public speaking competence and make someone creative. “I would like to thank these debaters for having braved the stage to argue for and against the motion at hand. This is a move in the right direction because debates improve one’s public speaking skills and make a person creative in such a way that he/she cannot eat words when it comes to having a say on something”, he emphatically said.
In the same perspective Dr Munyamasoko Cyeze Emmanuel, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, thanked debaters and encouraged others to follow in their footsteps because debates make someone a bold speaker. He also encouraged them to join English club so as to have enough time to sharpen their minds in speaking. “Thank you dear debaters, you have made us happy today. I would like to request other students to emulate your example and do the same. To make this happen, taking part in English Club activities would be the right decision”, he told them.
All is well that ends well. The function was wrapped up with a word of prayer said by Mr Nsengiyumva Mupenzi, Dean of students.