Mumbai 30th January 2024: SAI International School, a distinguished CBSE board school in the country, proudly organized the 4th edition of the SAI Global Debate on Saturday, 27th January, 2024, showcasing an outstanding commitment to fostering critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills among young learners. This remarkable online debate competition garnered an exceptional response, with an impressive turnout of over 300 participants hailing from 41 schools across 6 countries, namely Kenya, Oman, UAE, Uganda, Pakistan, and India.
The SAI Global Debate, conceived by Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder Chairman of SAI International Education Group, aims to cultivate a community of confident communicators and critically enlightened global citizens who are ready to shape a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable future for all.
This year’s world-class debating forum placed special emphasis on promoting awareness and facilitating in-depth discussions on two pivotal themes: “Sustainable Goals – Marching Towards Real Development” and “Artificial Intelligence and the Next Century.”
The grand opening ceremony witnessed the esteemed presence of Ms. Alison Barrett MBE, Director, British Council India, as the chief guest. The event also featured Ms. Marion Kenny, an eminent Scottish Storyteller, as the keynote speaker, along with Dr. Silpi Sahoo, Chairperson, SAI International Education Group, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
In her speech, Ms. Alison Barrett MBE, Director, British Council India, said, “I am delighted that you are all here and debating on important issues like sustainable development, climate change and artificial intelligence. These are critical issues that we take seriously around the world. There are various ways in which India and the UK can work together to create local solutions to these global issues. Last week, I was at the Conqueror Book Fair with some of the amazing writers and speakers from the UK, including Roma Agawam, one of the original designers and structural engineers of The Shard, the tallest building in the UK. I met Dr Robert Potts also, who is an expert in AI. It was a great experience to hear them talk about the importance of collaboration between universities, young people, generations, and people from different generations, as collaboration is the most crucial thing to make a difference in the world.”
Dr. Silpi Sahoo, Chairperson, SAI International Education Group, commended the large and enthusiastic group of young adults and remarked, “It is heartening to see such a large and enthusiastic group of young adults engaged in sharing opinion on global issues, coming together to find solutions to problems through constructive debate and an exchange of ideas.”
“In the intricacies of efficient communication, let us master the subtleties of body language, eye contact, and the artistry of words,” emphasized Ms. Marion Kenny, the eminent Scottish storyteller, during her keynote at the SAI Global Debate. “This mastery is the key to forging profound connections among us all.” Her captivating narrative, a beacon transcending borders, left an indelible imprint on the hearts of participants from diverse corners of the globe, illustrating the universal impact of a well-told story. She further added, “Stories, when skillfully told, possess the unmatched ability to unite and inspire.”