Working in partnership with the Samata Shiksha Niketan Bamboo Schools in Nepal, Debate Mate delivers our programme to over 1,600 disadvantaged students in Kathmandu, Baktapur, Pokhara, Kawasoti and Chitwan over the summer, using mentors we fly over from the UK.
The programme was founded with a similar goal with that of our Core Programme, to promote social mobility through debating where it is needed most.
In 2011, we trained and brought a team of Nepali debaters to the World Schools Debating Championships in Dundee.
Every summer we send our best mentors to Nepal for a four-week period, wherein they run a programme of workshops and debates for the children at the schools.
This successful programme is to be the subject of a documentary and is something we intend to continue with.
Zambia and Rwanda
Debate Mate has been working in both Zambia and Rwanda since 2012, when we sucessfully piloted a summer programme in both countries.
The Zambia programme is funded by Standard Chartered and is supported by the Zambia Minister of Education. Debate Mate works in schools in Lusaka as well as some other rural areas. Our Rwanada programme is run in partnership with Never Again Rwanda and involves working with schools all across Kigali. This year, 10 mentors have flown out to Africa to deliver each programme and we intend on making Debate Mate a permanent fixture in both countries’ education systems.