July 17, 2017 all-day
Frank Anthony Debate

All-India Frank Anthony Memorial Inter-School Debate

Lodha World School, Palava hosted the Preliminary round of the All-India Frank Anthony Memorial Inter-School Debate on the 17th of July, 2017. This debate is an annual affair held in the honour of Mr. Frank Anthony- the renowned lawyer, Parliamentarian, educationist and author.
Participants from various schools can compete in one of the two groups; Category I for students of Standards XI and XII and Category II for students of Standards IX and X. Lodha World School, Palava played host to the 9 schools participating in this event for Category II, with two candidates from each school. Each student was clearly guided regarding the rules, scoring and basic guidelines. Each speaker was given four minutes to express their thoughts and two minutes per speaker was allocated for the rebuttal round. The topic for this year’s debate was; ‘E-books are here to stay!’ It was a difficult but interesting topic as it really polarised the speakers not to speak of the audience.
The eminent panel of judges comprised of; Ms. Bhawana Somaaya—a film critic, Ms. Sophy V Sivaraman- CEO of an international company and Ms. Preeti Takle- a journalist and a teacher trainer.
At 10:30 am the panel of Judges accompanied by our Principal, Mrs. Aditi Banerji, entered the hall along with the participants, all of whom were brimming with enthusiasm to begin the debate. The competition was opened with the welcome speech of the Principal.
The participants were given one hour to prepare on the topic where they could take the help of any external reading material. The competition saw the participants expressing their opinions on new age technologies replacing the written word. The rebuttals were also interesting with the opponent schools posing challenging questions to the speakers. The debate lasted for almost two hours.
The best speaker for the contest was Ms. Maushmi of Maneckji Cooper Education trust school. Also Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School bagged the award for the best team.
All in all, it was a very enriching experience for the students as it was the first time they had witnessed a debate at this level.