The accounting department wins the Inter-departmental debate competition which was organized by the debate club operating in UNILAK.
“The debate was meant to increase the awareness on some of the concepts which are usually used in our country like promoting good service delivery, promoting unity and reconciliation,” said Niko BRUCE, the chairman of the Aspire Debate Club of UNILAK.
The competition has seen a total number of 16 debaters from 6 departments of UNILAK.
Winners of the competition debated on the following motion “the use of technology information should be the priority to promote unity and reconciliation here in Rwanda.”
They strongly opposed the motion saying that the use of information technology is not the priority in promoting unity and reconciliation.
They instead proposed promoting face to face contacts between people who are in conflicts, social activities involving the two parties like Gira inka program and formation of joint cooperatives.
Speaking at the event, Dr.GASANABO Jean Damascene, Director General in charge of Research and Documentation at the Commission of the Fight against Genocide, congratulated all the participants in the debate, adding that such debates build and sharpen the youth’s knowledge on Rwanda governance, and improves their speaking skills and confidence.
The top three departments were awarded trophies, certificates and medals the overall winner was the accounting department.
The environmental conservation management emerged the second runner ups and the last was IT Department.
Edson MUNEZERO from the 2nd year of the Accounting department was recognized as the best speaker.
“The debate is an opportunity to grow not a time for fight. It shouldn’t be a way to disrespect your opponent. When you are debating, you are defending your ideas against your opponents and there are rules that govern a debate session. This is your time to shape your skills,” recommended Mr. David Ntambiye , the chairman of the Aspire Debate Rwanda.
This was the first bunch of such debates and the aspire debate club of UNILAK plans to increase such kind of debates within all the campuses of UNILAK.
“We believe in that the more we practice, the more we become strong, this was our first attempt locally, and we plan to increase our activities.” said Mr. Bruce Niko
The last time, the UNILAK Aspire Debate Club comes second in the EAC Inter-University Debate Competition.