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IMWA organizes EDUMEET 2018
May 27, 2018, 3:40 pm

Indian Muslim Welfare Association (IMWA) conducted its annual educational meet EDUMEET 2018 on 12 May at the auditorium of Salmiya Indian Model School, Salmiya. This is the eighth Educational meet organized by IMWA, to promote harmony and spirit of common brotherhood amongst the people of India in Kuwait.

With so much of diversity in one nation, a need is envisaged to discuss and debate with young minds, the core issues, essential to preserve the idea of unique India, in the world. EDUMEET is one step forward in this direction. It is an opportunity for Indian students to demonstrate their talents in the arena of public speaking and essay writing. Through this meet, IMWA wants to provide an opportunity for Indian students to debate, discuss, agree and disagree through logics, facts, and learn to discuss even the most difficult issues with rational thinking, with respect for the point of view of others in an atmosphere of brotherhood, humility and grace.

This year’s event EDUMEET 2018, comprised of essay writing competition and inter-school debate. The Convener of the program was Mohammed Khalid, who set up the outline of the program. Schools were advised to sponsor the student debaters and essay writers. The program was jointly hosted by Israa Naeem and Osama Jawaid. The event started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Yusuf Asad Khan of Class VI.

The program had two segments – the essay writing and the debate. Creative writing is an important tool in day to day life. Realizing its importance, IMWA chose topics of relevance. The participants were divided into three groups comprising of Class VII & VIII as Group A, Class IX & X as Group B and Classes XI & XII as Group C. Each group was given a separate topic with a time limit of 30 minutes to write maximum 250 words. The topics for the essay were as under:

Group A – Most memorable moment of my life
Group B – My role model
Group C – My Career Choice

A panel of six English teachers drawn from various Indian Schools assessed and marked the students.

This year, IMWA chose to debate 'Has the current state of democracy created a unified and progressive India?'.A total of 9 teams participated in the debate with 18 students, nine each spoke for the motion and against the motion.  Moli Divakaran,  Rana Khan, Dr. Sabiha Bilgrami and Anil Lobo formed the panel of four judges who evaluated the performance of the participants.

Moli Divakaran an educationist with 25 years of teaching experience in Middle East and Canada. Currently she is a Lecturer at Box Hill College. She is also a certified Therapeutic teacher and a doctoral researcher in Higher education. Mrs. Rana Khan, is a teaching faculty at Algonquin College. She is also an active member of TESOL, Kuwait – an affiliate of TESOL International, a US based organisation of English language teachers and professionals. She is also a member of Conferences Professional Council of TESOL International, USA. Dr. Sabiha Bilgrami, a teaching faculty at Kuwait University and founder of Golden Era Club. She was awarded the Glory of India award in 2011. Mr. Anil Lobo is a member of Toastmaster. He has been actively involved in imparting the skills of public speaking in many Indian Schools.  Mohammad Zahid, was the online moderator processing the evaluation data as entered by judges.

Sanjeev Saklani, Attache, Education at the Indian Embassy graced the occasion and was full of appreciation of IMWA’s efforts to host such events for the benefit of children of the Indian community in Kuwait. Sanjeev Saklani and Muzammil Malik, assisted by President, Mr. Jawaid Anwar gave away the prizes to the winners and tokens of appreciation to the debate judges and appraisers of essay writers.

The results of both essay writing and debate competition was declared immediately after the event. The results are as below:

Debate School Trophy

Indian Community School (ICSK), Khaitan

Debate Winners 

Winner: Guru Krithika Sakthivel, Gulf Indian School
First Runner Up: Ayisha Wafiyah, ICSK, Khaitan
Second Runner Up: Alpha Susan Jaimon, ICSK, Khaitan

Essay Writing Competition

Group A
1st Prize – Aadya Kalarikkal, India International School
2nd Prize – Mohammad A. Bhatia, Indian Educational School
IMWA Talent – Faiza Hanif, ICSK, Khaitan

Group B
1st Prize – Sabah Fayez, ICSK, Amman Branch
2nd Prize – Maushika Rita Fernandez, Indian Educational School
IMWA Talent – Faiza Hanif, ICSK, Khaitan

Group C
1st Prize – Sara Khan, Fahaheel Al Wataniya Private School (FAIPS)
2nd Prize – Aisha Wafiya, Indian CommunitySchool, Khaitan
IMWA Talent – Sumayya Parveen Gesawat, ICSK, Senior

The President of FIMA, Karim Irfan and Jawaid Anwar, the President of IMWA in their speeches mentioned that the debate competition is very useful for preparing students for their future career. They appreciated the efforts of  IMWA Executive Council Members for .providing an environment where an outside-the-classroom experience contributes to knowledge acquisition and application, intra-personal development and competence and hoped that the students will take advantage of opportunities to experience personal growth and broaden their educational and social goals.

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