Many MUN delegates have been exposed to the classic Best Delegate activity “Fruits and Vegetables”. But we are pretty sure this is the first time it’s ever been done in Afghanistan. And in Dari. The MUN club being run at Skateistan held its fourth meeting today, and by all reports, it was a fun debate. We asked the club leaders to share some insight into the debate and what the delegate’s reaction to the activity was.
What did students say when you told them they were going to do a debate about fruits and vegetables? It sounds crazy.
Mursal: At first they were confused about what kind of debate is this fruits and vegetables debate was about and they were very curious about it. They were asking us to give them information about this. They really liked it and they did a fantastic job as their very first debate.
Why was the debate was not done in English, why you decided to do it that way and why it was successful?
Mursal: We didn’t do our debate in English; instead we did it in Dari because it was their first debate. It would be a little difficult for them to do two challenges at the same time (debate in English and doing their very first debate). Some of our top students presented their speech in English and some of presented their speech in Dari. But next week they will debate in English.
Were delegates shy?
Rahmat: I think in this session there were no shy delegates. Whoever is being shy we helped to make the debate easy for him. And the very good way to increase their confidence was to practice in front of a mirror.
What part of the activity did students find difficult and why?
Mursal: Well they don’t have much difficulty in doing debate on fruits and vegetables: it became more easy for them when they did in Dari and we didn’t insist them to do the debate in English because it was their very first debate. Next week they are going to do this debate in English.
What was most memorable about this debate?
A big congratulations to our Afghanistan team in their first debate: بحث میوه و سبزیجات! Applause is definitely in order.