Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Professionals learn debating skills, courtesy of QatarDebate

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

DOHA QATARDEBATE, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), recently organised Arabic training courses and workshops for professionals to learn the art of debate implying that development of debating skills is no longer confined to school students only, but it has become a necessity for all community members.

The training courses attracted a large number of professionals from various sectors of the country keen as the participants were to learn as much as they could from the courses provided by QatarDebate.

Abdullah Ahmed Salim al Bakri, projects engineer in Qatar Petroleum and one of the participants, said: “What prompted me to attend the debates training course is the important role debating skills play in one’s professional career as well as in life as a whole. Each of us needs it in his work and in his life.”

Khalid Saleh Menhali, university housing director at Hamad bin Khalifa University said, “The nature of my job requires me to deliver lectures for students. So I found the opportunity to learn the art of debates that I need in my work and in my life through appropriate courses and workshops organised by the Center.” Abdulaziz al Mulla, a researcher at Qatar Central Bank, stated, “My desire to be a judge in debate contest and acquire additional skills and develop myself led me to participate in the training course.”

Another participant in the workshop, Nasser Khalid Darwish, a financial affairs researcher at Civil Aviation Authority, opined that he could tell from his own experience that debate, dialogue and discussions must be part of one’s lifestyle; “we need this skill in our daily lives and at any place, not just inside the classroom. Each of us needs it in our work, whether as an engineer or a doctor, a policeman or a researcher, in any job we are engaged, good debating skills can stand us in good stead, helping us to do our job well.”

Dr Abid al Samey, head of the Arabic programme, stated that this workshop was the first in a series of training courses to be organised by the Center during the academic year 2012-2013, pointing out that there would be more of workshops in the coming days to cater to the novices as well professionals.

He stated that the number of participants from different sectors of the country speaks volumes about the good reputation the Centre has gained and the importance of debate in people’s lives and work.

The idea behind “Qatar Debate Centre” emanates from the vision of Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Sciences and Community Development HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to develop people, our best resources, on two parallel lines: nourishing science and knowledge and innovative talent by strengthening skills that support self-expression, interaction with others’ opinion sans clashes with them.

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