Chulalongkorn University‘s third-year students have won the first prize and the honorable mention at an English debate competition on Human Rights 2020, organized by the Office of the National Human Rights Commission, during November 6 – 8, 2020 at the Evergreen Place Siam Hotel, Bangkok. The awards ceremony was held on International Human Rights Day (December 10).
Mr. Chanakan Wittayasakphan, the First-Prize winner from Chula Faculty of Arts, and Ms. Nathaya Jaruvekin, Honorable-Mention winner from the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, are both 3rd-year students and members of the Chula English Debate Society. Both have prepared for the competition by weekly practicing debates, sharpening their critical thinking skills and developing clear delivery.
Having been interested in human rights issues, which have become significant in society locally and internationally, the students selected time-valid and challenging topics, such as “Should Celebrities be Forced to Voice Their Political Opinion?” or “Should the Community Have a Voice in Public Projects that Require Eminent?”.
According to Mr. Chanakan, his interest in participating in the competition started because it helped him stay abreast with world affairs, as well as realize that in every issue there are two sides to a coin. His tips for success and adding credibility to arguments are to draw contexts from real events, use simple language, and get straight to the point. Moreover, one has to practice giving speeches as often as possible and follow news and world affairs on social media and foreign news agencies.
“This prize came with the support of the Chula English Debate Society members, who took part in regular debates, and the society advisors: Asst. Prof. Piyanart Fakthongphan, Ajahn Bhanubhatra Jittiang, and Ajahn Pawat Satayanurug. Participating in various competitions, we move up to become successful speakers, are inspired to better in making English speeches and debates, and gain knowledge and experience,” the two winners said.