Qatar names national debating team

February 8, 2011

Seven girls are among the 12-member group of students who will form the debating team for Qatar in the international competitions this year.

However, only five members will be able to represent Qatar in the World Schools Debate Championship (WSDC) to be held in Dundee, Scotland, on August 16 – 26, QatarDebate, an initiative of Qatar Foundation, said.

Six of the selected students are from international schools and the other six are from independent schools, while four are from Year 12, six from Year 11 and two from Year 10, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported on Monday.

“The QatarDebate team has selected the cream of the debaters in the country,” Hayat Marafi, executive director, said. “We are sure that they will uphold the dreams and aspirations of QatarDebate and the country in the upcoming tournaments.”

Each of them will take what they learn from the intense training sessions back to their schools to share with other students, resulting in more benefits for more schools and more students, she said.

According to Kelley Bieringer, Head of QatarDebate English Programme, choosing the best 12 out of more than a hundred participants has been a very long and comprehensive effort.

“There is so much talent in the country that only picking just five members to attend WSDC 2011 is heartbreaking for the QatarDebate team,” she said. “Only these students will receive an elite level of debate training and the amazing opportunity to travel and represent Qatar internationally. However, even though only five of them will attend WSDC 2011 in Scotland, all 12 will attend the World Schools Debating Academy and Tournament in Slovenia,” she said.

The team members are Abdullah Hassan Muaqat (of Omar Ibn Al Khattab Secondary Independent School), Asfiya Mariam (Birla Public School), Inaita Singh (Doha College), Khalid Al Khulaifi (Doha Independent Secondary School), Majed Al Ansari (Park House English School), Mariam Al Nesf (Raba’a Al Adwiya Independent Secondary School), Nadia Al Khater (American School of Doha), Reem Hani Ballan Safar (Al Resalah Independent Secondary School), Safa Fajr Kashaf (Park House English School), Shaheema Faizeen (Cambridge International School), Yusuf Nabeel Fakhroo (Tareq Bin Zyaid Independent Secondary School) and Zeyad Samir Khayyat (Al Wakra Independent School).



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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