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Women’s Day sees first BDC Shevolution

  • Published at 12:28 am March 9th, 2019
Part of Organizing Body of the first BDC Shevolution
Part of the organizing committee of the first ever BDC Shevolution, with president of BDC Fardeen Ameen and IUBDC president Zubair Ridoan | Naimul Haque Nibir

Shevolution is a first of its kind, in terms of women-only Olympiads, and the organizing committee is comprized of women only. The central adjudication core of the debating tournament was recruited from highly successful women of the Bangladesh debating fraternity, and also features two international female debaters

The central adjudication core of BDC Shevolution addresses the participants of the event at IUB's grand auditorium | Naimul Haque NibirBangladesh witnessed the first ever BDC Shevolution, a women’s school Olympiad initiated by the Bangladesh Debating Council (BDC) and organized at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) on International Women’s Day. The Olympiad features a debate tournament, poetry and art competition, and a creative wall magazine exhibition, and will have its prize giving ceremony today.

Shevolution is a first of its kind, in terms of women-only Olympiads, and the organizing committee is also comprized of women. The central adjudication core of the debating tournament was recruited from highly successful women of the Bangladesh debating fraternity, and also features two international female debaters.

The objective of Shevolution is to invite, inspire and integrate female students into the activity of debating, a co-curricular activity which encourages students to be well-informed in current affairs, and analytically think about world events. Successful debaters of both Bangla and English debating fraternities are currently well placed in various top-tier organizations of Bangladesh, and other powerful nations. Therefore, the dream behind Shevolution, is creating successful debaters, who will empower themselves and others, and never get discouraged from reaching self-actualization in their respective fields.

Sonaly Siddique and Adiba Arif, from the organizing committee of BDC Shevolution | Naimul Haque Nibir

Treasurer and head of operations of the organizing committee of Shevolution, Fatima Ara Khan told the Dhaka Tribune: “It has been an amazing experience throughout the last two weeks, in which we prepared for this tournament. The rest of the committee is made of women from different educational institutes of Bangladesh. Seeing so many girls work for the organization of Shevolution, including the logistics of it, is a priceless memory. We really had a lot of fun putting this together.”

The participants of Shevolution were invited from schools all over Bangladesh. International schools were welcome to participate as well. 

The debating tournament features two formats of “breaks” (qualifications into the knockout rounds): “Main Break” and “Novice Break.” The former is the main knock-out, where the top ranked teams will battle it out for the championship of the tournament. The “Novice Break” is also a set of knock-out rounds, which will feature those debating teams, comprising of female debaters with minimal experience in this activity.

The top ten speakers of the tournament will get direct entry to the National Camp 2019, a preparatory debate camp from where Team Bangladesh is chosen for the World Schools Debating Championship. National Camp, organized by BDC every year, is the most exclusive, and competitive debate camp of the nation. 

The title sponsor for the event is Runner Group, and it is co-sponsored by Akij Group.

The decorations for BDC Shevolution at IUB's amphitheatre | Naimul Haque Nibir