Debate Mate is a unique, international educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility using cost-effective peer-to-peer debate mentoring based in the United Kingdom. It uses the brightest university students to run after-school debate clubs in areas of high child poverty across the world; Over the last nine years, they have successfully taught over 25,000 young people to debate in the UK, USA, Jamaica, Nepal, Dubai, Doha, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea and Israel.It provides young people with the skills they need to become exceptional young leaders – confidence, interpersonal communication skills and higher order thinking.
This summer from 30thJuly 2018 to 03rd august 2018 the Debate Mate Program was back in Kigali. It consisted of three days of training from Monday 30thJuly to Wednesday 02nd august and it was followed by a final competition on Thursday 03rd August at the University of Rwanda ,College of Medicine and Health Sciences (former KHI), Nyarugenge Campus.
The program was delivered by top Debate Mate Coaches from top international universities, including Yale University, the London School of Economics, University College London, the University of Liverpool and many more. The program aimed at developing the following skills: confident communication, spoken English, leadership, critical thinking, team work, as well as improving academic ability.
This program was attended by different Rwandan universities including Kigali Independent University ULK. The latter was represented by three debaters namely; SHYAKA Jesse Rayson, NISHIMWE Ariane Douce and Uwera Ruth. Furthermore the teams of the first two students managed to get to the finals and won the competition; immediately becoming the Debate Mate Rwanda 2018 Champions thus an honor to ULK.
After the competition, ULK’s Students taking pictures with the trophy they won for and enjoying the victory after many enthusiasic and hot rounds of debates.