This public debate that was a do or die battle between youth of Atyang-Waroco Kwo ICT centre, Lakwana Sub county, Omoro district and Acan Dano ICT centre, Minakulu Sub County, Oyam district attracted 216 (139 male and 77 female) community members in attendance.
This public debate that attracted multitude of crowds because it carried one of the most sensitive and crucial motion of community concerns “Is alcoholism the route cause of domestic violence in homes” was very interesting. Not only being a crucial motion of discussion, it is as well one key matter of human right abuse commonest in the rural settings which is the work-based of BOSCO Uganda in implementing the project “Enhance Human rights and development through ICT in Acholi & Lango sub region”.
Since this topic handles human right concern and ICT, the interest of the three adjudicators were to have the debaters demonstrate their knowledge/skills of ICT through the contents of the subject motion in the layout of their points through either MS word or PowerPoint and projecting that on a big projector screen.
Although it was a very tough decision for the three Judges; Georg Odoch-BOSCO COO, Akol Samuel, a Primary School teacher from Omoro district, Otim Jimmy, a primary school teacher in Oyam district, they needed to make a ruling at the end of the debate as their Key interest was how the debaters would use introduction-body-conclusion approach in the debate.
But just before the judges could pass their ruling and as this topic raised a lot of anxiety amongst the community members in attendance including a muslim sheik ; the one Ali Ojok, the mothers and fathers took to stage as well to show their debating skills and gave their site of understanding on the motion of the debate. Even if they never wanted to leave the stage after the judges had made their decisions basing on the key areas they had set prior, the debate needed to come to an end so that the judges could announce the results.
According to the Judges, Akello Gloria, a debaters from Atyang-Waroco Kwo ICT Centre, Omoro district emerged the best female Speaker in the debate mean while, Kasingwa Daniel Isaac from Acan Dano ICT centre, Oyam district countered as the best male speaker in the debate and they both won Prizes that was handed over to them by the community Development Officer, Minakulu Sub County, Mr. John Elwa Francis.
The overall winner of this debate was therefore announced by the Judges as Atyang-Waroco Kwo ICT centre who were awarded Prizes. After this award, the CDO, Minakulu Sub county requested that, BOSCO Uganda should continue with this kind of initiative for the youth of Uganda as these are key engagements that can inform for better decision making.