National Schools Debates Competition 2018

We invite all schools with a keen interest in debating – but in this instance from a scientific stance – to enter the 2018 SAASTA National Schools Debates Competition. The primary objective of the competition is to stimulate interest amongst learners to study towards careers in the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET) by researching and debating high-level topics. It also aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, technology and engineering in South Africa.

Who may enter?

Learners from grades 9 – 11 who are:

  • interested in developing their scientific research and information literacy skills;
  • critical thinkers; and
  • willing to work as a team to present logical, clear arguments. At least two of the learners must take science-related subjects at school.

How does it work?

The SAASTA Schools Debates structure is not based on proposition/opposition presentations, but allows debaters to engage with one another and move toward a common resolution. Perhaps one of the most interesting features is the mini-imbizos by means of which learners get to interact with one another and share ideas through breakaway discussions and by making use of social media.

The selection process

Due to its popularity and the fact that the competition is limited to 10 schools per province, the 10 schools will be selected at the provincial workshops based on how well the schools do in a “mini-debate”. All schools attending the workshop will be required to prepare and deliver an opening and closing statement from the perspective of their choice.

Provincial workshop 2018 topic pack

Important dates

Provincial workshops 28 July 2018
Provincial tournaments 11,18,25 August 2018 ( 3  provinces per weekend)
Final tournament 02 October 2018

Venues for the tournament will be communicated to all the schools in due course . 

Provincial tournaments dates

Dates Provinces
11 August Limpopo North West Free State
18 August Western Cape Gauteng Mpumalanga
25 August Northern Cape KwaZulu Natal Eastern Cape

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