Three students from Oshwal Academy Mombasa
stole the show at this year’s World Scholars Cup (WSC)
global round held in Athens, Greece from the 19th
– 23 rd of July by emerging as the top junior team in
Africa and 34th team overall from a crowded
field of over 2oo teams.
For over 3 days, the scholars were
involved in team debates, collaborative writing,
scholar’s challenge and scholar’s bowl against
participants from 41 countries globally.
The content of these academic events
were drawn from 6 subject areas under the theme:
An unlikely world.
Here students explore guiding
questions in History, Technology, Literature,
Science and Arts and Music and then apply them
comp-etitively and collaboratively through
debating, writing and problem solving.
The aim of these events is to inspire
in every student a love for learning, confidence
in new skills and a sense of global citizenship.
The junior team trio consisting of
Lakhvir Sohal, Dhruv Shah and Naman Shah all of
year 9 class won all their debates and garnered
a total of 33 medals to book a place in the
Tournament of Champions to be held in November
this year at the prestigious Yale University.
The Tournament of Champions (TOC)
brings together qualifying teams from global
Senior participants [from left] are Manal Dhora,
Deep Shah and Zainab Omar with the Alpacas,
medals and trophies they won at the WSC in
Athens. Congratulations to the teams, their
teachers and parents for making this happen.
Lakhvir Sohal was the top scholar in
Africa with a total of 14 medals whereas Naman Shah and
Dhruv Shah were 6th and 11th
The senior team comprising of Zainab
Omar, Manal Dhora and Deep Shah did not disappoint
either as they also won all their 3 debates and garnered
the required points to also qualify for the Tour-nament
Zainab scooped 4 medals whereas Manal
and Deep had 3 medals respectively.
Manal, a participant in the senior
category student said this about the whole event:
“It was quite an experience sharing with the world
what I know, the information and lessons I have
learnt.” Describing her journey at WSC, she added.
“I was able to interact with new
cultures by learning different perspectives on
global issues and truly, as one man once said, a
mind that is stretched by new experiences can never
go back to its old dimension.”
Fellow senior category team mate, Deep
Shah had this to say: “WSC was an extraordinary
experience because every student was challenging the
other yet, we were all strangers to each other.
“We met people from diverse cultures
and backgrounds with different perspectives, and
this was truly a good combination for learning.”
According to Zainab Omar, “WSC was a
fun way of learning. In the senior category we
started with the scholars challenge then later
collaborative writing but what stood out for me was
the scholar’s ball where everyone took to the floor
celebrating their diverse nature through dance.”
Sounding very excited, Dhruv Shah added: “My team
and I are looking forward to the experience at
Tournament of Champions at Yale University.
For Lakhvir Sohal, the top junior
scholar in Africa, “This platform is different from
other competitions because I was able to see
potential and talent in my competitors and, I learnt
some-times it is not a must you be the best in
everything and still, anyone can succeed.”
Naman Shah, fellow junior team mate
added, “This was extremely exhilarating and
unforgettable for us. We look forward to being at
The World Scholar’s Cup (abbreviated
as WSC) is an international enrichment initiative
founded in 2007 as a platform aimed at celebrating the
ability of students of all backgrounds from both public
and private schools.
The school looks forward to
participating at the Tournament of Champions at Yale
University, in the USA in November 2017.