Speaking for a cause

The second edition of national Inter-college Environmental Public Speaking Competition that will take place on November 11, 2013 offers environmentally-conscious students in Oman the opportunity to present their solutions to ecological concerns and issues.

The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) announced the launch of the second national inter-college environmental public speaking competition, recently at the EcOman Centre by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). The competition looks to challenge students from across Oman to think creatively and test their research and public speaking skills to address an environmental topic of their choice.

Initially launched in UAE in 2001 by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the fast growing competition was expanded in 2006 to include all the GCC Countries. In 2012, the EEG took this bilingual programme to another level by partnering with ESO to hold a national level competition in the Sultanate.

This second edition of the competition will take place on November 11, 2013 and offer environmentally-conscious students in Oman the opportunity to present their solutions to ecological concerns and issues. The teams will battle it out and the winners will be invited to represent Sultanate alongside students from other GCC countries at the regional competition in Dubai later that month. A dedicated website, omanspeaking.org was also launched to encourage students and colleges to register online from across Oman.

“This is the only competition of its kind which brings young people from different areas in the country together to share informed analysis of environmental questions,” said ESO board member and community outreach officer, Amor Al Matan. “The competition will serve as a key component in the personal development of each student and in identifying and preparing tomorrow’s leaders to seek sustainable solutions to face the challenges of the future and of a world coping with climate change.”

Mayimona Nasrallah Al Ruqaishi, who was the supervisor of the regional winning team in 2012, will be the ambassador of supervisors for the competition. The panel also included Al Zahraa Khalfan Al Ghafri, who was the speaker of University of Nizwa’s winning team in the regional competition in 2012.

University of Nizwa’s team triumphed out of 86 participants from 20 teams, representing 13 Universities and Colleges from across Oman, at the first Inter-college Environmental Public Speaking Competition in 2012. The team spoke about water conservation on campus with applied innovative and effective practices.

This year’s competition provides an open challenge to the student community of the Sultanate and encourages each group to present a strong case on a different contemporary issue. Students can choose to answer one topic from a selection of four: ‘Who left the tap open?’, ‘Arts and the environment – how can arts help our environment?’, ‘Technology owes ecology an apology’, and ‘global challenges – local solutions’.


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