DSH hosts supra-regional debating competition

Talents from 10 schools compete against each other

At the end of November, the DSH organised the supra-regional debating competition for German schools abroad in the Africa region. Around 50 students from ten schools abroad took part. The debates were held in German and Arabic.

The students were drawn by lot for their debates and put into teams of four. Two students argued “pro”, two “contra”. The topics included the question of whether one school day a week should only be spent online or whether students should be allowed to bring their mobile phones to school. After each round, the jury selected the students who progressed to the next round. In total, there were 8 German debates with semi-finals and finals and 7 Arabic debates with semi-finals and finals.

The following schools took part in the national debating competition: German Evangelical Lutheran School, Talitha Kumi; German Evangelical High School, Cairo; Europa School, Cairo; German School of the Borromeo Sisters, Cairo; German Intern. School, Jeddah; German School Beverly Hills, Cairo; German School of the Borromeo Sisters, Alexandria; New German School, Alexandria; German School, Nairobi.

Many thanks go to the Central Agency for Schools Abroad in Germany, which supported and financed the competition, and to the teachers who organised it.

And the winners are:

The winners of the national debating competition among German schools abroad have been announced. After two exciting final rounds with strong arguments, it was not easy for the jury to make a decision.

The winners in German are:

  • 1st place: Joumana Ayman (DSB, Alexandria)
  • 2nd place: Leena Nossair (DEO, Cairo)
  • 3rd place: Aly El-Sayed (DEO, Cairo)

The winners in the Arabic language are:

  • 1st place: Miral Habibeh (Talitha Kumi)
  • 2nd place: Pearla Nesrallah (Talitha Kumi)
  • 3rd place: Laila Eldebeiky (DEO, Cairo)

Felix Haala, Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy in Cairo, and representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Education with Hesham Mounir also took part at the award ceremony to congratulate the winners and all participants.

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the teachers, supervisors, helpers and officials who made this fantastic event possible.

Dr. Youssef Zidan as guest of honour

The DSH welcomed Dr. Youssef Zidan as guest of honour at the supra-regional debating competition. Dr. Zidan is a university professor, Egyptian writer and philosopher who specialises in the Arabic manuscript heritage and its sciences. He has published numerous books and scientific research on Islamic thought, Sufism and the history of Arabic medicine. He gave a lecture on the topic “The roots of hatred and its danger to humanity” for guests and the 50 participants in the debating competition. The lecture was very well received by the audience.