Cursory: This Nigerian State has won three prestigious awards at the President’s School Debate, recognizing outstanding individuals and the Students’ Debate Team. Their success qualifies them to represent Nigeria in an international debate competition in Dubai in 2024.
Anambra State has achieved outstanding success at the President’s School Debate in Nigeria, receiving three prestigious awards. These accolades include the recognition of Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the state Commissioner for Education, as the Best Performing Commissioner for Education in the South-eastern region.
Additionally, Mrs. Amaka Anekwe, Principal of Capital City Secondary School, Awka, was honored as the Best Performing Desk Officer Fully Committed to the Development of School Debate Programme in Nigeria. Furthermore, the Solution Debate Team from Anambra State secured the Second Prize at the President’s Schools Debate Championship.
During the competition, Anambra State was represented by a talented group of students: Okey-Okonkwo John from All Hallows Seminary Onitsha, Okafor Obioma and Mmadugafor Chiamaka of Mater Amabilis Secondary School Umuoji, Anikwuolum Adaeze of Queen of the Rosary College Onitsha, and Nwamgbada Annabel of Capital City Secondary School Awka.
These remarkable achievements were celebrated at the closing ceremonies of the 2023 Democracy Day President’s Inter Senior Secondary Schools Debate Championship, which was organized by the President’s Schools Debate Nigeria and held at the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters in Abuja.
The exceptional performance of Anambra State’s representatives at the debate not only earned them recognition within Nigeria but also secured the opportunity for the state to represent the country in an upcoming international debate competition scheduled to take place in Dubai, UAE in 2024.
Winning a debate award signifies one’s ability to present arguments coherently, back them up with relevant evidence, and effectively engage the audience. It requires a combination of skills, hard work, knowledge, and critical thinking.
Recognition for exceptional debating skills indicates the potential for greater achievements and integration into the intellectual community.
Anambra students exhibit these qualities, and debate awards are presented to those who demonstrate outstanding communication skills, intellectual insight, and critical thinking abilities.
Such accolades also indicate a student’s readiness for competitive debates and the capacity to develop strong arguments based on logic, reasoning, and evidence. Additionally, these awards contribute to students’ recognition, leadership enhancement, and boosted self-confidence.
In Anambra, the significance of winning the debate goes beyond the victory itself; it lies in the valuable skills our students develop. Engaging in debates nurtures communication abilities, sharpens critical thinking and reasoning, fosters teamwork, and cultivates effective leadership skills.
The attainment of a debate award sets a positive precedent for academic and intellectual success. It is widely acknowledged that this achievement will lead to improved educational outcomes as students strive for excellence in their academics.
There is a unanimous agreement that these outstanding winners will continue to excel in their chosen pursuits, becoming beacons of success in their respective fields.
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