KARACHI - Declamation competitions foster the thinking and analytical skills among students and constructive arguments help understanding each others views thus creating a more progressive society. These views were expressed by panel of judges at bilingual declamation competition held at Dawood Public School here, says a statement on Friday. Experts said that such competitions help students mastering the language they speak in and fine tune their powers of persuasion. In all, nine schools including the Anchorage School, the City School, Foundation Public School, Habib Girls Secondary School, International School of Studies, the Mama Parsi Secondary School, River Oaks Academy and St. Michaels Convent School participated in this declamation competition. The topics for English Declamation were 'To try and fail is better then not to have tried at all, 'Would a mechanical teacher be better than a human teacher and 'Can terrorism ever be justified? While the topics for Urdu declamation were 'the use of technology making youngsters lazy and 'Bad behaviour of youngsters - who to blame? All students presented their views and arguments with utmost zeal and confidence and left a forceful impact on the audience and students alike. Huma Baqar of Mama Parsi School was declared first while Ammara Mohsin of Anchorage School and Javeria Khalid of St. Michael School got second and third position respectively in English language declamation. Hira Arshad of Habib Girls School secured first position, Kiran Lakhani of Mama Parsi School got second and Sana-e-Zehra of St Michael School got third position in Urdu language declamation.