The Beauty of Debate

Yesterday night Yvan and Teta debated against Ryan and Joe from Wake Forest. Ryan is  a graduate student and coach at Wake and Joe is a senior. The interesting fact is that Ryan was part of the team that made history by winning the CEDA and NDY last year and I had debated against him a few years ago. The debate was about whether or not the UN should intervene militarily in cases of Human rights abuse and genocide. The debate was fantastic. Yvan and Teta were defending the affirmative with the central idea that when people are dying we need to save them and not argue on whether or not the UN is good or bad.

For me this debate made me miss debating. Unlike many other debates I have seen, everyone on the debate panel held views that were really close to their heart and the passion with which everyone shared their views was amazing.

The most amazing part was the education that the audience got from the debate. One could see many light bulb going on throughout the section and in some of the speeches, students were fighting to hold back their tears.

Yesterday’s debate just made me see why I love debate so much: IT IS TRUE EDUCATION. Having two students from Rwanda debating against one african American and one Philipino is True education because it creates connection, empathy and respect between all parties.

Long live Wake debate, iDebate Rwanda relationship


Jean Michel

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