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!
In preparation for the next Debate for Change Tournament in 2020, we are proud to announce a new executive team who will continue to organise the competition. 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.
- What is it?
- Who can take part? How many students on a team?
- When and where is it?
- How much does it cost? What will participants get?
- What will students need to do to prepare? How many students on a team?
- Chaperone is Required
- Who are the charities?
- How do I sign up?
The Debate for Change Tournament (DCT) is a student-initiated event designed to bridge service and debating together. Through a knock-on debate competition, we hope to raise awareness for three local charities: HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment), the Yunnan Project and MCF (Migrant Children’s Foundation). As DCT is not-for-profit and has the support of the ACAMIS Service Learning Grant, all funds will go towards running costs and local charities. At the end of the competition, the winning teams will be able to choose which charity the money raised from the competition will go towards. In this way, students will grow as critical thinkers, collaborate as debaters, and gain awareness of our local community while interacting with fundraising in a more personal and engaging way.
The participation fee is 300 RMB per person which will include both lunch meals, official merchandise and an incredible opportunity to debate with students from all over Asia. All students will also receive a participation certificate, while top teams will receive trophies and the choice of which charity to support.
Individuals or teams from outside Beijing are also welcome and as with other ACAMIS events, are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations costs and follow their own school's field trip/excursion requirements. Dulwich College Beijing will recommend accommodations near the school.
The Yunnan Project works towards fundraising for sustaining a local foster home in Kunming. Through annual trips, the Yunnan Project also builds meaningful connections between Dulwich students and the foster children, whilst ensuring that each child in the foster home is able to complete their education through primary and secondary school.
- Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA)
- Canadian International School Beijing (CISB)
- Dulwich College Beijing (DCB)
- Dulwich College Suzhou (DCSZ)
- Dulwich International Highschool Suzhou (DHSZ)
- Nanjing International School (NIS)
- Tsinghua International School (THIS)
- Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)