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International Book Giving Day : 14th February each year

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.It’s focusing on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to

  • 1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
  • 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
  • 3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

A Message from iiDebate Community

Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favourite book with a young reader. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

4 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day!

  1. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity.
  2. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter  #bookgivingday
  3. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day, use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
  4. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.

 

14th February is about sharing the love of books!

#bookgivingday

 

More about this day : https://bookgivingday.com/

UN Arabic Language Day – Video Competition

Did you know that December 18th is UN Arabic Language Day?

December 18 was the day Arabic became one of the working languages of the United Nations in 1973.
On this occasion, the International Institute of Debate (IIDebate) in Tunisia is planning on holding a national video marathon entitled; “Arabic Language to me is…”, where you would send us your 7 seconds video answering the question in Arabic and IIDebate will pick the best videos for a final 3 minutes video which will end with a motion on the issue, and the showcased entries will then choose a Pro or Con side to participate in a dialogue on the stance; Globalization is affecting Arabic Identity.
Identity is one of the main issue matters effecting Tunisian society and youth specifically, especially after the revolution. Tunisian culture has continued to evolve within a duality throughout history, given its geographical setting.
This multi-layered specificity and ever so more westernized thought that seems to portray with varying intensities the Tunisian cultural mindset and system is a dynamic amalgam that needs to be understood. This understanding requires a national introspection and hence a dialogue in order for the static to be appeased.
Steps:
1. Take you camera or phone,
2. In 7 seconds, tell us what Arabic is to you (in Arabic),
3. Upload the video and send it to our facebook inbox or our email,
4. Deadline is December 17th,
5. If your video is picked ,we will notify you via Facebook,
6. You will then pick a side on the motion presented at the end of our video and participate in a dialogue in Tunis,
-Get filming!

The 9 Principles of Good Debating

These are 9 simple principles to be a good Debater.

 

  1. Questions or challenges should be professional. Insulting, condescending, or comments involving personal language or attacks are unacceptable.
  2. Critical analysis, synthesis, rhetorical skill, and wit are keys to debate success.
  3. Focus on the opposing side’s position or argument. Knowing the “other side” is critical for preparing strategies to refute your opponent’s arguments.
  4. Limit your arguments to three or less.
  5. Use logic to make your arguments. Present these arguments clearly and concisely.
  6. Know the common errors in thinking like logical fallacies and use them effectively in your refutation.
  7. Present the content accurately. Only use content that is pertinent to your point of view and draw on support from authoritative sources.
  8. Be certain of the validity of all external evidence presented for your arguments. Also, challenges to the validity of evidence should be made only on substantive grounds.
  9. Your rebuttal (or conclusion) in a debate is your final summary position. Use it as an opportunity to highlight important issues that indicate proof of your points or refute your opponent’s argument.

Share with us your tips for debate preparation and winning in the comments.