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Leiden sponsors debating championship for school students

21 December 2005, 00:15

Leiden University will open their doors and those of the Pieterskerk for the finale of the Netherlands Debating Championship for secondary school students. This debate is being organised for the eighth time by the Netherlands Debating Institute (NDI).

Leiden University will open their doors and those of the Pieterskerk for the finale of the Netherlands Debating Championship for secondary school students. This debate is being organised for the eighth time by the Netherlands Debating Institute (NDI). It is the largest and oldest debating contest for school students in the Netherlands. Since the first occasion in 1998, more than 130 schools have participated in the competition.

Academic skills Leiden University is a firm supporter of the importance of debating as an academic skill, and for this reason makes a significant contribution to the Dutch Debating Championship. Not only by making the Academy Building and the Pieterskerk available as the location for the finale, but also by arranging the printing of the booklet 'Learning to debate'. Students can follow debating courses in Leiden, join a university debating society or participate in one of the many debating competitions.

Two Rotterdam students during a debate Record number During this eighth series, a record number of 84 students have joined the verbal battle, and 32 of these schools will enter the final round on Saturday 10th December. The debates will take place Saturday morning in the Academy Building and the Pieterskerk, and the names of the two finalists will be announced at 15.15 hrs in the Pieterskerk. All those who are interested are invited to attend the finale in the Pieterskerk.

From 16.30 hrs, there will be the opportunity to raise a glass to the winners. Voting for the winners Jury members Each year, the NDI asks a broad network of jury members, including many alumni of Leiden University, to objectively evaluate the debating qualities of the participants in both the pre-rounds and the final session, for which special jury training is given. Prof. dr. T. van Haaften, vice–rector of Leiden University, is a member of the jury for the final round.

Background NDI organises this championship as a meams of stimulating debating as a form of education and enjoyment, and to give pre-university students the opportunity to become (further) acquainted with the art and practice of debating. Schools support participation in the tournament by introducing debating as an element of the oral VWO (pre-university) final examination. In debates, pupils learn the skills of argumentation, critical listening, analysis and presentation

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