Rukungiri Students Advocate for Government Support in Debate Competitions

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  • The trio, speaking during an interview at their school in Kigina cell, Kitimba ward, Western division, Rukungiri Municipality on Tuesday, emphasized the need for financial backing from the Ministry of Education and Sports, akin to the support provided for sports like football, netball, and basketball.

RUKUNGIRI: A section of students from Rukungiri Municipality have asked the government through Ministry of Education and Sports to allocate funds to specifically support secondary school debate competitions to foster confidence, critical thinking, and cooperation among students.

According to Abigail Nahabwe, Paskalina Atuhaire, and Winnie Nabasa, students and debaters from Missio Dei Secondary School in Rukungiri Municipality, debate competitions serve as platforms for honing communication skills, encouraging critical analysis, and promoting teamwork.

The trio, speaking during an interview at their school in Kigina cell, Kitimba ward, Western division, Rukungiri Municipality on Tuesday, emphasized the need for financial backing from the Ministry of Education and Sports, akin to the support provided for sports like football, netball, and basketball.

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Their concerns were voiced following their participation in the East African Secondary School Debate Competitions held in Rwanda from June 1st to June 4th, 2024. Despite facing schools from other nations, the students felt disadvantaged due to limited resources compared to their international counterparts.

They urged the Ministry to extend support to schools representing Uganda at regional and continental levels, mirroring its assistance for other sporting events.

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Tumwekwase Sabiiti, the debate club’s patron at the same school, lamented the financial constraints that restricted their ability to field two teams of six debaters, forcing them to send only one team of three.

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Aaron Turyasingura, the school’s headteacher, proudly announced their team’s success in winning four out of six rounds in the Rwanda competitions, securing a spot among the top 16 schools. However, he expressed apprehension regarding the African competitions in South Africa, fearing that without external funding, the school might miss out on participation due to the lack of support from the government and the Ministry of Education.

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The students’ plea underscores the need for recognizing debate competitions as essential educational endeavors warranting governmental support, ensuring equal opportunities for students to excel beyond borders.

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