From 23-27 November 2015, secondary students from Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands came together in Port Vila to vie for the title of Melanesian school debating champions. Topics included governing systems, climate change, poverty, peacekeeping, and international diplomacy.
Throughout the week students impressed the audience and adjudicators with their eloquence and understanding of key regional and international issues. Faced with some of the same themes debated in parliaments around the Pacific, the students demonstrated great potential as future leaders.
PiPP continues it’s support for both Vanuatu's schools debate competition and the regional Melanesian Cup. Debating encourages young minds to develop critical thinking, public speaking, research skills, and the confidence to creatively structure persuasive arguments.
The Pacific Institute of Public Policy has partnered with the Papua New Guinea based Institute of Business Studies to co-host the first Melanesian School Debate Competition in Port Moresby in November 2014.
Young leaders from around Melanesia put on an impressive display for the first ever Melanesian School Debate. With debate a new concept for many, the opportunity to come together compete and improve with fellow students proved an invaluable experience.
The Vanuatu School Debate Competition provided an outreach to the next generation of thinkers to stimulate key conversations relevant to current policy issues affecting the Pacific region.