Pupils to kick off debating tournament with Commonwealth controversy
Pupils from schools across Scotland are gearing up to debate the controversy surrounding the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka in the opening rounds of the Law Society of Scotland's debating tournament.
The Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament will see 128 teams from 83 schools across the country pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other when they debate the motion 'This House believes that the UK should have boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting' in the first round heats of the competition.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament is the biggest school debating tournament in Scotland, with 19 schools entering for the first time this year.
Heather McKendrick, Education and Training development Officer at the Law Society, said: "Debating in schools has been on the increase in recent years and more schools are entering teams in the tournament which is really encouraging - it's fantastic to have 19 new schools competing for the first time this year.
"Debating gives young people a chance to consider issues relating to them and a voice to express their views and opinions. It's a great skill to have which as well as being good fun, allows young people to learn how to construct powerful, persuasive arguments which will convince their listeners."
The opening rounds take place on Thursday, 21 November, Wednesday, 27 November and Thursday, 5 December.
The Law Society's debating tournament is sponsored by Hodder Gibson publishing.
All schools participating in the opening heats are listed below:
Schools taking part for the first time are marked *
Name of School
Note to editors
Established in 1999, Scotland's largest annual schools debating tournament is open to pupils in all Scottish secondary schools. Organised and run by the Law Society of Scotland, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of the former First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, who died in 2000.
For further information about the tournament, see the Law Society website: http://www.lawscot.org.uk/education-and-careers/schools/the-donald-dewar-memorial-debating-tournament
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20 November 2013