...to the official WIDPSC website. Please have a look around and enjoy as we count down to the next Worlds Championship to be hosted by Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney, Australia.
The dates for WIDPSC 2016 - Friday 7 April - Wednesday 12 April 2017
The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students representing different countries.
The Championship is represented by a diverse mix of high schools from countries as far reaching as the Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, England, South Africa, Lithuania, Pakistan, Cyprus, Argentina, Botswana, Israel, India, South Korea, Zimbabwe and Germany.
The Championship is an innovative five day event which requires students to interact and collaborate with like minded peers from diverse and different schools, cultural backgrounds and countries. Each participant must compete in four different events: Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
The challenging environment provides an avenue for individual students not only to practise and test their oratorical skills but to value the importance of the art of expression; the ability to communicate and gain recognition and respect for our ideas and opinions is vitally important.
The Championship is aligned with the ideals of excellence, identity, and the art of expression, ie the ability to communicate and gain recognition and respect for ones ideas and opinions. It targets tomorrow's leaders - students in a global market who must learn to interact and collaborate with peers from diverse schools, cultural backgrounds and countries.
Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
Ralph Waldo Emerson