“Point of View”

Debate is an essential tool for developing and maintaining democracy and open societies. More than a mere verbal or performance skill, debate embodies the ideals of reasoned argument, tolerance for divergent points of view and rigorous self-examination.

Debate is a formal contest of argumentation between two teams or individuals. More importantly Debate is, above all, a way for those who hold opposing views to discuss controversial issues without descending to insult, emotional appeals or personal bias. A key trademark of debate is that it rarely ends in agreement, but rather allows for a robust analysis of the question at hand.

Debate is not a forum for asserting absolute truths, but rather a means of making and evaluating arguments that allows debaters to better understand their own and others’ positions. This sense of a shared journey toward the truth brings debaters closer together, even when they represent opposing sides of an issue or come from vastly different cultures or social classes. In so doing, debate fosters the essential democratic values of free and open discussion.

Therefore, as part of its role in enhancing those communication skills that promote democracy among youth, and as part of its objectives in raising awareness on women’s rights, human rights, democracy and citizenship SMART Center launched in 2012 a project entitled: “Point of View”.

SMART Center conducts on weekly bases a total of 20 training sessions for Lebanese Universities’ students. During training sessions, participants learn the art of debate and public speaking skills in order to develop this deliberative practice.  Then, they are given the opportunity to conduct a debate before a group of other university students, in order to demonstrate and promote this new essentially democratic tool for discussion and presenting different points of views.

SMART Center had successfully implemented this project in the Faculty of Public health in Lebanese University in Bekaa, Balamand University in the North and MUBS in Mount Lebanon.

Interested Universities and schools can Contact Us.