Victorian Schools Chinese Debating Championship Held in Melbourne

[Source]    xinhuanet.com [Time]    2017-09-13 17:28:15 
 

The grand final for the Second Australia Xinwei Cup Victorian Schools Chinese Debating Championship was held at the University of Melbourne on September 9th. Guests from the government, businesses and education sectors of Australia as well as over 500 teachers and students came to watch the competition and the closing ceremony.

After a two-hour heated debate, Ivanhoe Grammar School took home the championship trophy. The Debating Championship was sponsored by the Australian National Chinese Debating Association, organized by the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, and supported by the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate General in Melbourne as well as the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.

This year, a total of 24 debate teams and 192 debaters from 22 secondary schools in Victoria participated in the 49-day-long competition. The Debating Championship covers a wide range of topics on culture, science, technology, and society, such as “Modern parents vs. modern children, who face more pressure?”, “Is Internet charitable crowd-funding good for the charity development?” and “Should new Chinese immigrants focus on fitting into western culture or on promoting Chinese culture?”

Nie Wenkai, Vice Consul of the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate General in Melbourne, said that all the contestants did a good job in this competition and gave a great debate performance full of wisdom and logic. He said: “The number of students learning Chinese at Victoria’s elementary and middle schools has reached 70,000 in 2017. I believe that this debate will play a greater role in promoting Chinese in Australia and attract more and more people to learn Chinese and get to know Chinese culture and China.”

Xu Jixing, President of Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Victoria said that the debating championship has served as a competitive platform for promoting exchanges and learning among secondary schools in Australia. It is beneficial for students’ logical thinking and academic critical thinking, and will build their deep thinking of current affairs and hot issues.

(Story by Song Dan, Xinhua News Agency, Melbourne, September 10th)

 
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