For a third consecutive year, the Pacific Institute of Public Policy has brought secondary school students together to dissect, discuss and dispute key issues of the region. Ten schools from Efate have signed up to compete in a new format aimed to provide greater levels of participation and learning for students. The following is an update (with video clips) of the 2016 competition.
For teachers, schools, civil society groups and organisations who are interested in debate, PiPP has developed a number of debate introductory activities that can be adopted, including a simplified classroom debate handbook that can be shared with students to introduce the concepts.
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 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.