"NESDA is an organization that allows the opportunity for students to talk about current events or relevant situations that need to be discussed. The competitions are intense with a wonderful community of teachers and students who are supportive of each other. I think all students should participate and join NESDA because whether you get through into the semifinals or the finals is irrelevant to how much knowledge can be gained from the competition. Public speaking skills acquired from this contest is a required skill for the future in various formats including job interviews and pitching/presenting an idea. Society has a tendency to silence young people because of the misconception that the youth have nothing to say. NESDA breaks this social boundary and raises the voices of students."
Thomas Vercnocke, Grade 12, The International School of Brussels
"I have been a coach at a NESDA member school for five years and have watched my students grow in both skill and confidence as a result of attending and competing at NESDA events. NESDA competitions encourage students to learn from each other as well as compete against each other. My students have made firm friends beyond the competitions; some of who have met up again at universities around the world. NESDA prepares students for a range of skills and, therefore, a range of careers and university options.
As we say in our school, “Speech and Debate is more than a club; it’s a life choice.” NESDA is more than an association it can be life changing."
Andrea Barlien, Coach, The International School of Prague
"Research demonstrates that the way we orally communicate our words is actually much more impactful than just the words themselves. Our tone, our gesticulations, and our facial expressions are key to effective communication. Unfortunately, often, our educational institutions don't support and value enough the ability for our students to communicate orally and be creative. NESDA helps highlight the importance of bringing the international school community together and allowing students to cultivate their creative communication skills."
Mark Pingitore, Director, American School of Barcelona
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