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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Finalists

We made the paper, we submitted them, and we waited. But there can be only nine finalists.

First: Asnia Asim from Pakistan and Wilfred Oliver Segovia from the Philippines
Third: Lhotse Quintanilla from Bolivia. Written in Spanish.
Fourth: Esther Ng from Singapore

Other finalists were:
Wilfrido Kabiling from the Philippines, Safet Hadzimuhamedovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maria Fernanda Havaca from Argentina, written in Spanish, Alfredo Shako Kpane from the Democratic Republic of Congo, written in French, and Boniface Chimwaza from Malawi.

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Wilfred made a paper that relies on the technicality of the debates. However I do not see a more pratical solution for this, how can this be more applicable to further alleviate the status of the Philippines. One commented that he needs more practice.

Wilfrido on the other hand made a very simple paper which could be hardly called academic inquiry.

Still the judges are entititled to choose the best essays they consider.

8 Comments:

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June 15, 2005 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also read all of the essays, and I must say that I tought the best ones were those of Safet Hadzimuhamedovic , Maria Fernanda Heyaca, and Lothse Quantinilla

June 17, 2005 4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ardythe said "...debates are not the basis for an improvement in the economy."

Definitely. joeyboy

June 17, 2005 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria Fernanda Heyaca said the main phrase of her essay at the paragraph number 6th, where she said: "..hasta aqui he procurado justificar el por qué el agua es una factor de crisis en el mundo actual, y por lo tanto, un ingrediente a tener en cuenta en la construcción de un futuro más seguro para todos". This was perfect... this was the point of her essay: the water as a source of conflict.

June 30, 2005 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Philip said...

Yes, Maria Fernanda Heyaca made a good point but Safet Hadzimuhamedovics essay was,I must say,perfect

July 08, 2005 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ardythe said "...debates are not the basis for an improvement in the economy."

Definitely. joeyboy


No.

Debates are not the basis for an improvement in the economy.

But that's not Wilfred's point.

It's people learning how to debate, and the critical thinking ability that comes with it that -helps- in improving the economy. People who think critically are more likely to make better decisions.

If you read his essay, you'd have understood. Debating doesn't make the world a better place. It's people know how to debate (and I don't mean just informal arguments, I mean the debate that Wilfred is talking about.)

He also says that as minute as an effect there may be, it is infinitely better than doing nothing at all.

July 09, 2005 11:13 PM  
Blogger Ardythe said...

But admit that words without concrete actions mean nothing.

On the other hand, if these debates could spark something to make a situation better, so be it. Yet people are still afraid to take risks.

July 11, 2005 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Admitted.

But people are afraid to take risks anyway, with or without knowing how to debate.

It's about setting the stage for better decisions at a time when people aren't afraid to take risks anymore.

July 12, 2005 9:33 PM  

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