Monthly Archive: August, 2013

DM Jamaica: Ochi Finals, Winning is Tough, Losing can be tougher

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During the third and final week of the programme, we taught at Ocho Rios High School. For several reasons, I went in suspecting that this week’s vibe would be different: Ochi is possibly… Continue reading

DM Jamaica: Rose & Thorn

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Teaching in Jamaica, you never know what’s going to happen. The day might start with a girl bleeding from her mouth having been stabbed with a pen by another student and end with… Continue reading

DM Jamaica: Return to Trenchtown

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Having been a part of last year’s Debate Mate Jamaica summer pilot programme, I was beyond excited to return to Boystown. We’d spent two weeks there and been fully won over by the… Continue reading

DM Rwanda: The Power of Debate

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Rwandans are a friendly bunch. That was reflected in the way Debate Mate were treated throughout the country, by locals, moto drivers and particularly the kids we mentored. The pupils made us feel… Continue reading

DM Rwanda: Gender Matters

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Unsurprisingly, the Debate Mate team spent over an hour debating the topic for our show debate. We finally decided on the motion: ‘This house would educate boys and girls separately’ due to the… Continue reading

DM Rwanda: First Impressions

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Rwandans largely come across as a quietly proud people, and justifiably so. While the horrifying memory of the 1994 genocide is rightly and healthily confronted in numerous memorials across the country like the… Continue reading

Danisha

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My lasting memory from Ocho Rios will be Danisha. We were playing Just A Minute, a game which encourages the children to talk for a minute without hesitating, repeating themselves or moving off… Continue reading

Letter from Nepal

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Debate Mate’s international programme in Nepal is two weeks in and is going very well. We have really settled in to Nepali life, throwing ourselves into the culture – some so much that… Continue reading

DM Jamaica: Flanker from a London teacher’s perspective

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I had been looking forward to coming to Jamaica for months. After hearing about last years programme and the possibility of Debate Mate running a more sustainable 10-week after-school programme here from September;… Continue reading

DM Jamaica 2013: Return to Flanker

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The Flanker Peace and Justice Centre was little more than a five minute drive from our hostel in Montego Bay, but in reality the community of Flanker, St James where we would be… Continue reading