HUMSS talk series aims to prep students for debate
With the aim to further the knowledge and skills of students of the Humanities and Social Sciences Strand, the Senior High School department of La Consolacion College Bacolod organized a series of co-curricular activities which included learning more about debate and promoting discourse on social inclusion.
HUMSS Chair Rejay Alvarado said that the activities are designed to help students acquire more skills that will better prepare them for future careers and to develop their understanding on social issues of today. “We’re giving these students an opportunity to show themselves by providing them a platform upon which they can demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed in their studies. This is an important stage in their development that could potentially lead them to unlock their potentials”, Alvarado said.
HUMSS students are taking a crash course on the Asian parliamentary debating format, which started last October 8 and will end on October 15, 2021. This event is preparatory to a debate competition among classes in social sciences.
“Debate challenges students to research on social issues and develop their ability to articulate, argue or defend ideas. This is a good way to develop self confidence and communication skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century”, he added.
Senior High School alumnus and multi-awarded student leader who is currently a member of UP Visayas’ Iloilo UP Debate Circle is lecturer in the crash course.
A talk dubbed as “The UN and the Inclusive Society” is also slated on October 15 with WeEmpowerAsia Policy Advocacy Consultant of the United Nations (UN) for Women Sigrid Jan Sibug as speaker.
“We’re hopeful that through these co-curricular activities, we are providing students with avenues to develop interest in Humanities and Social Sciences and deepen their understanding of our society. With the way things are going in the world, we really need individuals who are able to discern through critical thinking and whose choices greatly consider a deep concern for others”, Alvarado said.