ULK debate club scoops first run-up slot in EAC
In a contested debate competition, the Kigali Independent University Debate Club occupied the first run-up position after outshining in the recently concluded East African Debate Competition which was held virtually on 7th September 2020. This milestone comes after the ULK Debate Club emerged the champion of Rwanda back in March, 2020 after beating all participating universities in Rwanda.
This year’s competition rotated around policy justice as the central theme. The competition was slated to be physically hosted by Uganda but owing to the relentless surge in COVID-19 cases, the organizers opted for the virtual debate format.
Despite the novelty of the format, ULK debaters braved the waves to put up a well coordinated debate which left the organizers look in awe.
Three debaters namely, Christ Jordan, Chris Oliver and Divine Abayo were the ones fighting rhetorically on the ULK side. Divine Abayo is also the chairperson of the ULK Debate Club after being unanimously elected by fellow debaters in an election held back in 2018.
Asked what enabled the team to reach that privilege, Divine Abayo said that team-spirit and pieces of advice from the ULK management and fellow debaters were behind the registered success.
“We work as a team. Be it those on the frontline or other members of the debate club, we all work together for common goals. When we’re competing, unity remains our key weapon for success. Besides, the logistic and moral support from our Alma Mater boosts our courage and determination for success”, she said with beams of smile on her lips.
As the whole world is currently battling COVID-19 effects with reliance being mainly on technology, Kigali Independent University ULK chose to follow suit and upgraded its technology to stand tall in the world of Information Communication Technology. As a matter of illustration, the university currently has a smart classroom which is used to remotely teach students. Indeed, this smart classroom played a pivotal role in helping the debaters stun their EAC fellows as the internet remained at its highest speed from start to finish.
The culture of debating to suggest the best way things should be done has become part and parcel of ULK students. As a matter of fact, the ULK Debate Club has so far won a number of trophies at national level with more fame at regional level. It should be noted that the Debate Club operates under the ULK Center of Languages (CELA) which trains students on debating formats and strategies.
As the ULK flag keeps flying higher on a global scale, let us thank the debaters who, in one way or another, contribute to these great strides.