It’s been a while since I shared anything related to preparation for the 2016 US Tour so I thought it would be nice to give a short update on the work that we have been doing.
So for the past weeks we have been meeting weekly ( every Saturday) and mainly doing presentations on either the books we had been reading or on stories in the iDebate book: Voices from a post Genocide generation. During these sessions, we are able to see where each member needs improvement, we discover our strengths and weaknesses, we learn a lot of new things about each other and we do as much practice on public speaking as we can knowing we will be doing a lot of it during the tour.
Today we had a debate with the team going to Germany for the World Schools Debate Championship and I must say Rwanda has got one hell of a strong team. The purpose of the debate was to work together to prepare ourselves even more and to try a new format of debate (slightly different from what we are used to. Every speaker had eight minutes instead of five). The motion of the debate was: The Obama administration Foreign Policy has done more harm than good. Team “US ” was proposing and team ” Germany” was opposing and the latter took the debate 🙂
I am currently reading a book written by Ben Voth called The Rhetoric of Genocide and am enjoying it a lot so far and am looking forward to do a presentation about it in our next meeting. We are determined to make the most of these remaining two months. Nothing replaces hard work;)