Twelve talented school students from the UAE participated in the prestigious World School Debate Academy (WSDA) championship. The WSDA is an esteemed international debate competition that draws high school students from around the world. It serves as a stage for young debaters to display their abilities, participate in intellectual discussions, and cultivate a sense of global unity. The competition ended on June 30.

A dedicated group of outstanding students represented the UAE at this prestigious event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The UAE team included Aastha Reshamiya, Advik Bansal, Aarohi Reshamiya, and Ved Kedia from Jumeirah College; Aadit Agarwal, Arnav Bhosale, Arav Somani, Shrika Vijay, Adhikshita Mahesh, and Aarav Goyal from Gems Modern Academy; Megha Thaleshwar from English College; and Aditya Sativada from Dubai International Academy.

Under the guidance of Sumana Chatterjee, the director of communication and coach of Team UAE-WSDA at Gems Modern Academy, these students underwent months of rigorous training. With her expert coaching, they enhanced their skills in critical thinking, debating, and reasoning, becoming confident debaters ready for international competition.

Several countries took part in this prestigious tournament in Slovenia. The UAE delegates, brimming with potential, competed against some of the brightest young minds from schools in Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Palestine, Slovakia, Italy, and Slovenia.

The journey to Slovenia for these students was a chance to showcase the dynamic youth culture of the UAE and the country's steadfast commitment to educational excellence.