Debate for Change Tournament


Debate for Change Tournament is the first of our new ACAMIS student initiated activities. It originated through ACAMIS Service Learning Awards where one of the grants at the 2018 Spring Leadership Conference went to students from Dulwich College Beijing who created a debate contest to raise funds to support charities. It is heartwarming to see student involvement of this kind. ACAMIS has now adopted the debate activity as an annual event with Dulwich College Beijing. Participation is open to all ACAMIS member schools and we hope you will become involved. A team of three persons or an individual can take part. Although three prizes will be awarded, Debate for Change is meant to be a learning experience and anyone or any team can take part. Experience is not required, but keen interest in debate or public speaking will enhance the learning opportunity. Over an exciting two days, students will grow as critical thinkers, collaborate as debaters, and gain awareness of service in a local community while interacting with fundraising in a more personal and engaging way. Anyone interested in leadership, the study of law, public relations or public service will benefit immensely from this experience. The event is designed for middle school students (Years 7, 8, 9/Grades 6, 7, 8) and lower secondary students (Years 10, 11/Grade 9, 10). For an example of the event, see the photos and information from the previous year below.

Join us for this unique student-initiated and student-led event!


Dulwich College Beijing Debate for Change Leadership Team


We are proud to announce a new executive team who will continue to organise the Debate for Change Tournament. The student team will be led by Yi Xin Lee (Director of Operations) and Erik Chen (Director of Strategy), ably advised by Kevin Yao and Ryan Zeng. We are sure they will work hard to continue this legacy of bridging debate and service and look forward to see what they will achieve in the coming year.

Due to covid restrictions, the tournament will be cancelled this year.

From the 26th - 27th January, 220 participants from 9 different schools raised awareness about and fundraised at the first ever Debate for Change Tournament (DCT). Three main charities were supported at this tournament: Horses Offering People Enrichment (HOPE), Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF) and the Yunnan Project.
On the first day, debaters listened to charity guest speakers, which allowed them to learn more about the charities represented at the DCT. They then took part in student workshops to develop their debating skills, before taking part in a knock-on competition, discussing motions inspired from the charities. These ranged from whether the Yunnan Project should prioritise vocational skills in their lesson plans or whether MCF should give glasses only to those with high academic attainment in migrant schools. An intense final match between Dulwich College Beijing and Tsinghua International School resulted in the DCB team - Jeffrey W, Guan Rong T and Andrew Y – emerging as the Top Team.
On the second day, a Charity Bazaar allowed participants to get to know more about other local service initiatives, with participating projects including ARC Design, HOPE, Little Galaxy, MCF, Project Nightingale, the Sustainable Development Goals' Club and the Yunnan Project. This involved photo booths, busking and the sale of goods ranging from brownies to tote bags.


A total of 30,000 RMB was raised for the three main charities. To make fundraising more personal, the top three teams were empowered with a choice to allocate this sum to their chosen charities. The first place team donated 15,000 RMB to MCF; the second team donated 10,000 RMB to the Yunnan Project; and the third place team donated 5,000 RMB to HOPE.
DCT is completely student-led with a student executive team made up of 7 DCB students: Yi Wen L, Kevin Y, Ryan Z, Yi Xin L, Eric C, Erik C and Daniel C. Thank you to ACAMIS for the Service Learning Grant for helping to support this project and to all the teachers and students who took part.


Participating schools included:
  • Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA)
  • Canadian International School Beijing (CISB)
  • Dulwich College Beijing (DCB)
  • Dulwich College Suzhou (DCSZ)
  • Dulwich International Highschool Suzhou (DHSZ)
  • Keystone
  • Nanjing International School (NIS)
  • Tsinghua International School (THIS)
  • Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)