British High Commission’s GREAT Debate competition comes to Peshawar
The British High Commission’s annual GREAT Debate competition continued with a semi-final event at the Institute of Management Sciences in Peshawar.
The semi-final event brought together debaters from across universities in KP. After a competitive round of fixtures Sajjad Ahmed from IM Sciences University and Sher Afghan from Abdul Wali Khan University, were judged to be the winner and runner-up respectively.
The Acting British High Commissioner Richard Crowder said:
“As a former student debater myself, I am delighted that the GREAT Debate is giving young people in Pakistan a chance to talk about the big issues that matter for the future of this country: prosperity, democracy and peace.
“Last year the winner of the Peshawar semi-final was among the top four debaters in the entire competition and I am confident that this year once again KP will give a strong showing. I wish the winner and runner-up the best of luck for the final!”
The winner of this year’s GREAT Debate semi-final in Peshawar Sajjad Ahmed said:
“I am very glad to have won. It was a tough competition to be a part of especially since some of the best debaters from KP were there. I hope to now repeat my success and win in the final in Islamabad.”
The GREAT Debate 2017 is the third annual edition of the competition that gives students from across Pakistan a platform to participate in debates, interact with other students from different universities and hone their skills in research, analytical thinking and public speaking.
The first semi-final of the GREAT Debate occurred in the University of Gujrat last week.
Winners and runner-ups from the semi-finals will be given one year British Council digital library memberships. The winner and runner-up of the overall competition will receive a scholarship reward to contribute towards their tuition fees.
The GREAT Debate is a debating competition for university students. There will be seven semi-finals – in seven different cities (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Gujarat, Faisalabad and Mirpur) involving students from over 50 leading universities across Pakistan – and the winner and runner-up of each semi-final will compete in the final in Islamabad.