The Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) hosted the 2017 edition of the World Scholars Cup competition for junior and senior secondary students in a 2-day event that held at the Nile University of Nigeria.
According to Daniel Berdichevsky, the founder of World Scholars Cup, students between the ages of 11 to 14 formed the junior category, while those that are 15 years and above formed the senior group, and the idea was to create something “different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivates students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.”
This year’s competition saw over two hundred students from Nigerian Tulip International Colleges, Key Science Academy Abuja, Nigerian Egyptian International School Abuja, and Glisten Academy Abuja, all competing in Team Debates, Scholars Bowl, Collaborative Writing, and Scholars Challenge respectively.
For team debate, each team debated on motions across all the subjects from policy to poetry, while in collaborative writing, participants were given six statements each from different subjects and were asked to argue for or against.
The World Scholars Cup was founded in 2007 and has been hosted annually to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths, practice new skills and to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders. The Program Director, Mr. Joseph William Harr said scholars would have the chance to qualify for the 2018 Global Round next summer and subsequently for the tournament of champions at Yale University the United States of America.