The Melanesian School Debate is an innovative approach to supporting the growth of strong and accountable governments in Melanesia. The concept brings together the region’s future leaders to interpret and assess key regional issues, providing them with the space to explore new perspectives and present an informed exchange of ideas to their peers and community.
Topics push young minds to explore real world challenges, with debate motions closely aligned with those tabled in national governments including migration, globalisation, traditional custom, governing systems and regional diplomacy. Bringing students from around the region together provides a platform for young Melanesians to share and learn from each other, interpret motions in the context of their own country and culture, but also look more widely at regional and global issues and potential solutions. Through this process they will develop the skills to be an engaged and informed citizen with a voice in the future of their nation and region.
The event has run consecutively over the last two years, with the first competition hosted by the Institute of Business Studies (IBS) in Papua New Guinea and the second event hosted in Port Vila by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP), in association with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training.
Working together with IBS, the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training, the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands and Fiji’s Ministry of Education, PiPP has developed a range of resources for the Melanesian School Debate.
The competition rulebook, teacher and student guides have been shared here to support teachers, schools or organisations throughout the Pacific to set up competitions:
The Motion Analysis of each debate of the MSD 2015 can be supplied to students to provide an introduction to the topic, inform the research process and dive deeper into complex issues:
National School Debate resources can be found here.