DM Rwanda 2014: Return to Kigali

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As we desperately clung on to the back of a convoy of motos and chugged up endless steep inclines, we realised that Rwanda, ‘land of a thousand hills’ is a name richly deserved.… Continue reading

¨Kath-can-do¨: Developing Confidence in Nepal

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This summer, Debate Mate continues its ongoing presence in the mountain valleys of Nepal with regional programmes in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara. We work closely with a local social entrepreneur named Uttam, whose… Continue reading

DM Zambia: An Act of God

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An interesting first for most of us when we arrived at the airport to leave Rwanda; we were the victims of an ‘Act of God’ and wouldn’t be departing for another 24 hours.… Continue reading

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