The Peace Day Debate: Empowering Young Voices for Peace

International Service Mar 07, 2024

In an era dominated by global conflicts and discord, the mere mention of peace falls short; it demands active pursuit. With that being the case events like the "Peace Day Debate" organized by the International Services Avenue of Rotaract Club of University of Moratuwa in collaboration with Rotaract Club of River India, emerge as invaluable platforms for promoting harmony. The Event committee boldly opted for the vibrant tapestry of voices woven by student delegates. The discourse spanned pivotal topics: from diplomacy's role in conflict prevention to socioeconomic influences on global tranquility. Participating schools showcased commitment to holistic development, fostering students’ adeptness in rigorous research, sharp analysis of current events, and clear presentation of their insights with unwavering conviction.

Initially, Ananda College, Colombo, Highlands College, Maharagama, Bandarawela Central College, Rahula College, Matara, Sujatha College, Matara, Bandaranayake College, Gampaha and Gateway College registered as delegates for the debate. Due to surpassing the anticipated participant count, a knockout round ensued between the final two teams to register. Hence, on 10th October, a knockout round transpired between Gateway College and Bandaranayake College, Gampaha. In the end, though Gateway bowed out, it paved the way for Bandaranayake College to join the fray.

On 12th October, the main debate unfolded virtually with meticulous organization and moderation. Despite its virtual nature, the organizing committee's commitment to excellence was evident as they secured a hall within the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering on the university grounds for seamless coordination. Meanwhile, the heated battle rounds transpired across various schools. The panel of esteemed judges for the debate contest comprised Dr. (Ms.) M. M. I. D. Manthilake, Ms. W. M. M. Wijekoon, Ms. K. G. D. W. Nandasena, Ms. S. Lokuliyana, Ms. U. D. M. Anupama, and Ms. A. Perera, each distinguished as lecturers from the University of Moratuwa. The expert judging panel ensured that the most exceptional team consistently ascended to the pinnacle in each battle, underscoring their excellence throughout the competition.

In the final round, a distinct voting platform was established, allowing members from the Rotaract Club of Rever India and local viewers to cast their votes based on their perspectives. This voting mechanism held significance, operating independently of the judges' evaluations, thereby adding another layer of engagement and influence on the outcome. Based on the combined verdict of both the expert judges and the voting platform, Rahula College, Matara, emerged as the champion team, while Bandarawella Central secured the position of runners-up. During the event, delegates benefited from exposure to diverse perspectives, fostering enriched understanding and critical thinking. Furthermore, the feedback from the judges empowered them with the knowledge and insights required to elevate their skills, guiding them on the path to becoming the crème de la crème.

In conclusion, the overwhelming praise from school teachers underscores the resounding success of our event, a testament to meticulous planning and execution. Both club presidents lauded the exemplary coordination of the organizing committee, recognizing their unwavering commitment to excellence. Such collaborative efforts not only foster unity among students but also cultivate a harmonious environment. By hosting these events, society reaps invaluable benefits, witnessing firsthand the transformative power of unity and understanding. Indeed, these initiatives serve as catalysts, bridging divides and propagating peace, fortifying the belief that together, we can architect a brighter, more cohesive future for all.



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