In a bid to connect with the young Indians, Outlook has embarked on the 4th edition of its Annual Inter School Speak-Out Debate. The activity commenced from August 8 and would culminate on September 19. The School Debate activity would be conducted in 17 cities across India, involving over 290 schools. The Inter School Speak-Out Debate provides schoolchildren a platform to speak out their mind on various social, political, educational and environmental issues.
Suresh Selvaraj, President, Outlook, said, “Outlook strongly adheres to the expression of self-opinion and thus, the concept of Outlook Speak-Out Debate was born to encourage schoolchildren to develop a perspective towards various different things in life. We want to initiate young readers into serious reading and through this initiative want to encourage them participate in serious discussions. We had sent circulars to principals of various schools, who further informed the students and prepared them for the international debate competition.”
Selvaraj further said, “The entire activity is divided into three stages – Zonal, Regional and National rounds. The entire activity will be spread over 72-80 days. Apart from goody bags and recognition, the winners would also get a chance to represent India in international debate competitions held across different countries every year, conducted by World Schools Debating Championship Council. Our last year’s winners represented India in international debate championships held Seoul and Cape Town (South Africa). This year the championship will be held in February in Athens.”
The zones have been divided into North Zone – Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chandigarh; South Zone – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin and Chennai; West Zone – Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Indore; and East Zone – Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and Jamshedpur.
“This year, we will be roping in some professionals to impart training to the winners to help them prepare for the international debate championship. But we are yet to decide whom to rope in,” Selvaraj added.