The big win at the Rwanda Inter-School Virtual Debate Competitions 2021

From the onset, the writing was on the wall – the determination, preparations, teamwork, the confidence levels, name it; all pointed to something big in the offing.

The Rwanda Inter-School Virtual Debate Competitions 2021 was a 3-day online debate competition that took place from 24th – 26th May 2021. It was organized by Aspire Debate Rwanda together with IKAZE PCO and other partners.

The Team during preparations for one of the debates

The event brought together 16 debating teams from 8 of the top debating schools in the country. They debated a number of pertinent topics that required students to go beyond and delve deeper into some of the biggest issues confronting our society. The various motions debated on were ranging from a digitalized economy, eradication of corporal punishments, a bailout package for financial institutions, to the role of positive masculinity education in solving the problem of teen pregnancies.

Students in a discussion during the preparations.

Our own team, code-named “The Elephants” tussled it out with teams from Kagarama Secondary School at the preliminary round, Lycée de Kigali at the quarterfinal round, Maranyundo Girls School at the Semifinal round before facing off with “The Crowned Cranes” from Riviera High School at the Grande Finale.

Students celebrating after winning the semifinal round against Maranyundo Girls School.

Despite losing the final, our student, one Ingabire Happy Hadia emerged as the best female debater of the competition.

The headteacher, together with the best female debater of the competition.

As the first runner up of the competition, the students and the school in general managed to walk away with valuable prizes.
Each of the three students won themselves a brand new tablet, a fully paid trip to Akagera National Park, free entrance to a cultural museum of one’s choice among others.

The headteacher speaking during the awarding ceremony at school.

The school received a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize.

The performance in this competition continues to cement our hard earned position in debating and other public speaking activities in which we have proved to be a formidable team at national and regional level.