SOURCE: Omninet Capital

March 18, 2011 16:40 ET

Student Debate Project in Israel Announces Winners

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) -  On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the final rounds and award ceremony for "Siach ve Sig," an education debate program hosted by the Citizens' Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI), were held in conjunction with Israel's Ministry of Education at the auditorium of Beit ha Tfutsot (Museum of Diaspora) at Tel Aviv University.

The Israeli College Debate Team, who placed first (in English Language) at the International Competitions at Oxford, served as judges and trained the participants' teachers in preparation for the program.

Debate teams from four high schools participated in the final competition -- Herzeliya, Hod-Hasharon, Rishon Lezion and Tel-Aviv. The winning school was Ironi Dalet from Tel Aviv and the runner-up was Hadarim High School from Hod-Hasharon.

The final rounds of competition fell on the International Day of Women and different aspects of this topic were debated in honor of this day, including abuse of female images in advertising.

Gideon Saa, Minister of Education, attended the awards ceremony and praised CECI's educational initiatives, as did the many parents in attendance. Due to the great deal of interest and positive feedback received, CECI plans to implement "Siach ve Sig" in more than 300 Israeli high schools next year.

Neil Kadisha, previous Qualcomm Director and Managing Member of Omninet Capital, and Izak Parviz Nazarian, previous Qualcomm Director, Chairman of Omninet Capital and President of CECI, founded the non-profit organization in 2002. 

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this year's event and we are proud of each student that participated. The students' hard work and dedication is the foundation of this project," said Kadisha.

Mission Statement:

CECI is dedicated to paving the way for a more stable and flourishing Israel through research and education. CECI's initiatives focus on education of democracy and leadership programs. These initiatives empower Israeli citizens with a better understanding of their rights and obligations and encourage greater civic involvement in their communities to positively impact the future of the country. CECI is an apolitical, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. For more information please visit

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