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VNN - Hanoi Open - Vietnam Schools Debating Championship 2017 will be held the first time in Hanoi, from 28 to 29 October 2017.
The tournament will choose top students to represent Vietnam at the World Schools Debating Championships 2018 held in Croatia. Under the guidance of Hanoi Department of Education and Training, the tournament is organized by The Olympia Schools and The Global Citizen (Singapore).
This is the first debate tournament in Vietnam organized in World Schools Debating Championships ("WSDC") format with English as the main language. Judging in this year’s tournament are more than 70 adjudicators from developed countries like Singapore, US... Calling for registration since early October 2017, the tournament has more than 40 teams registered from many provinces across the country. The tournament is specially designed for students from 14-19 years old.
The main goal of HN-VSDC is to introduce and develop debate culture in Vietnam, with hope to help Vietnamese students to think critically, write creatively and speak confidently with respect to opposing ideas. These are the most important skills that can contribute to the success of students in integrating in the 21st century.
Teams will compete to become the Champion - the best team of HN-VSDC 2017. And top 20 students will be interviewed to join Team Vietnam Debate - the team will be representing Vietnam at the World Schools Debating Championships 2018 held in Croatia.
Each registering team should have 3-5 members, whom are not required to come from the same school, institution or organization. HN-VSDC 2017 will be carried out following the WSDC format. Each debate will have two teams, representing two opposing sides of the debate. Each student will have 8 minutes to persuade the judge to agree with their side. There will be two 4-minute reply speeches at end the debate. The themes of WSDC vary from education to economics, societal issues to environmental issues.
Nguyễn Thảo - Vietnamnet