“Wait, I won?” I asked in awe.
“No,” Jean Michel sarcastically answered.
I then started thinking of all the drama I had caused and slightly felt embarrassed, because I thought I really hadn’t won. “Really?” I asked.
And in laughter, he replied, “you won, now come here,”.
I hadn’t wrapped my mind around the fact that I got through all the challenging and tiresome rounds. All the sleepless nights were worth it, after all.
My name is Sharon Kirezi Bayingana, a 17 year old girl whose life is unfolding before her eyes. I never liked to debate. At all. In fact, I thought that there was nothing more vain in the world- than the concept of debate.
My mindset was changed when iDebate came to my school. I simply went to training because my friends went (yes, peer pressure can be good, sometimes), and after the first week of training, I was already in the debate team at my school. I so grew a passion for debating and dialogue, that debate became, somehow, part of my crazy life.
I never know what kind of questions to expect. And hence, I never think of what to respond in advance. For someone who impulsively and honestly answers questions, I was surprised by the selection for the tour. Like really? Me? How? I recall Angela and I talking and praying, saying “let us not die or the world end before we do this!”. Yes, we are THAT excited.
I am glad I get to be part of this amazing experience- of learning, teaching and sharing. I am grateful for everything!
Thank you, iDebate!