QatarDebate Centre (QD), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), held a workshop for coaches and team leaders in the US to prepare for the upcoming first-ever Arabic Debating Championship for universities.
The championship will be organised by QatarDebate and hosted by Harvard University in October.
The workshop, titled 'US Debate Capacity Building Programme' was hosted by University of Chicago from June 29-30. It featured 20 participants from 13 US universities ran for three days and focused on adjudication skills and training according to QD standards and the trainees' test to determine their level and developing them in preparation for the championship.
Head of Outreach Programme at QD, Abdulrahman al-Subaie, said: "The workshop brings together coaches and team leaders from more than 15 universities across the US, to prepare for the upcoming first-ever Arabic Debating Championship for universities which will be organised by QatarDebate and will be hosted by Harvard University in October in the USA."
He pointed out that QD also held, on the sideline of the workshop, a mini forum for academics and participants on the presented proposals to strengthen relations with QatarDebate and the foundations of co-operation to develop teams and enable students to learn how to debate in Arabic for Arabic and non-Arabic speakers, al-Subaie said.
The participants emphasised the role of QatarDebate Centre through the workshop to establish standards for debate and equip qualified trainers to spread the art of debate in Arabic across the USA.