Globeducate students from eight schools took part in a virtual online debate on June 4th. During a difficult period of students not being able to connect with others in person, the teams of Year 7 to 9 students thrived on this opportunity to interact. The aim was to create an opportunity for connecting with other students across Europe and to give students the chance for a morale-boosting challenge; teams also received constructive feedback to help develop debating skills.

Nobel International School Algarve´s debate with one of the teams from Stonar School in Wiltshire, England, was singled out as a particularly engaging debate on both sides, debating the motion: “Schools are outdated institutions and should be abolished.” Abigail Clarke, Year 8 at Nobel Algarve, said: “I really enjoyed the social aspect of this online event and getting to know some people I
wouldn´t usually work with.” Her team member Nikolai Musk, Year 7, said, “ I learnt that everyone gets nervous with challenges like this but that with hard work, preparation and perseverance anything is possible!”

Schools taking part in this inaugural virtual debate event included: St George´s British School, Bilbao, Stonar School, UK, ICS Milan, Agora International School Madrid, Nobel International School Algarve, International School Nice, EBICA, and O Castro British School, Vigo.

Debate motions included:
• There should be only one language spoken across the world.
• The production and use of cars, across the world, should be banned.
• Schools are outdated institutions, they should be abolished.
• Film has lost its originality.
• Travel and tourism exploit poorer nations and benefit richer ones.

Education Direction Director Oanh Crouch said, “What an event this was! The passion we saw in the students for relevant and current issues, and the manner in which they presented their content, was incredibly impressive. Congratulations on the dedication the teams brought to the process, but also comment on the high calibre of skill on display. Eight of our Globeducate schools were involved in this inaugural event and it was wonderful to see the students flourish on a global platform.

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