QatarDebate Center, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), organised the third edition of the 'Capacity Building' programme at the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC), with the participation of 40 American universities.
A statement issued by the centre said that the three-day programme is aimed at supporting debate programmes in the Arabic language, and prepare experienced debaters for the 3rd American tournament, scheduled to be held at Stanford University in October.
The programme is also aimed at coaching trainers on how to provide logistical and technical support for holding debates. The programme focuses on practical application in terms of establishing the foundations for debates and how to prepare for the tournament, in addition to assisting participating universities, overcoming the obstacles that may arise in the midst of debates, and preparing for the tournaments that the Qatari centre is working to implement.
Head of Programmes, Communication and Marketing Department at QatarDebate Abdulrahman al-Subaie said the centre is trying to empower the Arabic debate community in the US by establishing sustainable activities and linking them to other programmes, such as study courses, seminars and discussion groups, as well as projects and events that come along the tournament, to spread the Arabic language and culture, and present a true civilized image of Arabs and Muslims among Western societies.
Several participants in the programme commended the brainstorming and stimulating thinking session included in the agenda, as well as the foundations of interestingly communicating information, raising the efficiency of debaters, and methods of employing skills in an optimal manner, which -- in turn -- has formed a basic building block for the art of debating. The participants noted that the programme had a great role in opening wider horizons for thinking, exchanging experiences, and strengthening relations with the debating community in the US. (QNA)