The Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) commenced competitions for its “Sig ve Siach Debate Project” on January 9th. This educational debate program, which began in 2010, has been set up at high schools in cooperation with Minister Gideon Saar and Israel’s Ministry of Education. This year’s competition will honor 2011 as Israel’s “Hebrew Language Year”.
The debate teams are utilizing the theme: “Ensuring a Spot for Women in Parliament”. Yesterday, four different high school teams met at Shmuel Hanagid School in Hertzlia. The student debates boasted impressive arguments, and everyone viewed the competition as a huge success.
“Sig ve Siach” is designed to help students develop personal rhetoric skills by teaching them how to improve their ability to stand before an audience and successfully utilize their powers of persuasion. Within the project’s curriculum, topics focusing on cognitive thinking, listening techniques, and the “culture” of discussion will be addressed. Such topics have not customarily been taught in the educational programs of high schools.
The competitions for the year will be completed by March 2011 to commemorate “Israel’s National Day of Women”. The 4 top winning schools will be announced nationally and will receive their awards at a special ceremony at Tel Aviv University.