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Winning Kao Yip Middle School team beat closest rivals by 25 points at 12th Macao Youth Diplomatic Knowledge Contest.
A team from Kao Yip Middle School beat 34 rivals to win the 12th Macao Youth Diplomatic Knowledge Contest.
The annual event aims to broaden students’ understanding of the nation’s foreign affairs, international news and the global Covid-19 situation.
The event was co-hosted by the Macao government and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organised by the Education and Youth Development Bureau (DSEDJ).
Commissioner Liu Xianfa, Deputy Commissioner Wang Dong, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Elsie Ao Ieong U, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the MSAR Zheng Xincong, jury members, other officials and community representatives attended the prize-giving ceremony.
Eight local high school teams made it to the finals out of 34 teams. They were Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou School, the affiliated School of the University of Macau (ASUM), Kao Yip Middle School, Our Lady of Fatima Girls’ School, Keang Peng School, Pui Ching Middle School, Kwong Tai Middle School and Hou Kong Middle School.
The contest consisted of four parts – multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks questions, discourse and a panel game quiz.
Kao Yip Middle School came first with a score of 413, Pui Ching Middle School came second (388), Keang Peng finished third (378) and Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou School came fourth (377).
One of the judges, Richard Hu Weixing, dean of the University of Macau’s Faculty of Social Sciences, said that the discourse section was “appealing” and the students demonstrated clear points and accurate evidence to support their argument.
Hu also pointed out that the students spoke Putonghua fluently. Hu also said that students should use fewer catchphrases and focus on conveying their point of view.
Fellow jury member Ran Bo, director of the Policy Research of the Office of the Commissioner, said that the participating students showed a great understanding of the nation’s foreign affairs, which he described as “remarkable”.
Ao Ieong underlined that “a community with a shared future for mankind” is the core concept for the nation, therefore, local students should reflect on how they could carry on the nation’s prosperity as well as involve themselves and act as an important force for the country’s development.
Reporters asked the winning team about their preparation. One of Kao Yip Middle School’s team, surnamed Cheong, said that they had trained and practised for a year. Cheong highlighted that they practised speaking and trained themselves to be quick to respond. When asked about their performance yesterday, Cheong said that every member had made good use of their skills acquired throughout the year which allowed the team to win.