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Name: Aliza Fattani 
School: Deira International School, Dubai
Age: 16
EDS Member and Participant at EDC 

Being part of the Emirates Debate Society is perhaps the only accessible route for students in Dubai looking to learn for the big leagues. A lot of the training focuses on the WSDC format which is far more rigorous than the other high-school debate programs like MUN. Teaching in a format otherwise unfamiliar to most schools, as well as being student-led, EDS provides a rare insight into pure debate that, prior, was almost impossible for regular students to come across.
Not only is the Society accommodating to all levels of debaters, they also have an incredible team of instructors and adjudicators. Their recent Debate Championships definitely showcased the depth of the expertise possessed by them, and for them to pass on what they’ve learnt from years of competitive, high-level debate to just about anyone who could benefit is incredibly special and difficult to find.

Aliza Fattani
Name: Kush B Vaidya 
School: Abu Dhabi Indian School Branch-1, Al Wathba
Age: 15
EDS Member and Participant at EDC

“When I started 2020, I was to debate in Denmark but then when the pandemic hit, I was forced to send all my debate dreams into hibernation. But apparently, not everyone was like me, some of them, like Shreyas, tried to use the new opportunity of online meetings to get debaters around the country together. For me, competitive debating was something I could do maybe once a month with extensive travelling. This time in the pandemic, debating became something I could do every week with the help of the best debaters from UAE.
The best part of EDS is the people who run this place. They are so kind and try to make this platform as inclusive as possible. The organisation of all their events are over the top. I am thankful to EDS for helping me and the other debaters find a platform to pursue debate in such a global crisis.”

Name: Kush B Vaidya 
School: Abu Dhabi Indian School Branch-1, Al Wathba
Age: 15