Oshwal Academy shines at World Scholar’s Cup finals
Key stage 4 students are a happy lot after displaying a strong performance at a global academic contest held recently at Yale University, in the United States of America.
The 17 Oshwal Academy students who took part in the prestigious Tournament of Champions, the finals of the World Scholar’s Cup academic Olympiad pitying best students globally, scooped a total of 40 medals. According to the results, the team won 4 group silver medals, one group gold medal, 24 individual silver and 11 individual gold medals in a competition that attracted over 2,000 students from different countries.
Mr Peter Makanda, the team’s coach, said the students did well especially since this was the first time the school was participating in the World Scholar’s Cup competition series, which was preceded with two global rounds held in Bangkok and Prague.
The students aged between 14 and 15 participated in the various field set under this year’s curriculum covering history, arts, social justice, literature, science, economics and geopolitics. Students are tested on debating, writing, team work, current affairs, creativity and critical thinking, among others.
“This competition prepares children to be citizens of the world, says Mr Makanda, the Acting Assistant Head of Personalised Learning . “They compete against the best in the world and this encourages them to think globally even as they act local.”
Some of the top performers included Bhavya Nagda who scooped six medals and emerged second in history, top in Africa and top senior scholar. Adit Shah won five medals and was second best in social studies and top in Africa. The junior category team of Anokhee Shah, Eryka Kairo and Ashna Patel won the gold medal in debate and were also judged the best in Africa.
Mujahid Mithwani was top all rounded scholar in Africa and second globally, earning himself the Da Vinci All-Rounded Scholar Award. At the tournament, students also interacted with Yale and Stanford university professors who gave speeches on university life and touched on hot topics like bioethics and stem cell research to tease the young minds about what lies ahead of them.
Strong competition came particularly from US, Singapore and Indonesia.
To reach the finals, we beat other schools from South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, DR Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana and Namibia in the global round held in June in Bangkok to become Africa’s representatives. The students also outsmarted students from Israel, Turkey, USA, Croatia, Singapore, China, Japan and Malaysia in debate and writing tasks in different categories.