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

Jamaica – Flanker Peace and Justice Centre, Montego Bay

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For our third week of teaching in Jamaica we moved to Montego Bay to work with students from the Flanker community of St James. We were teaching at the Peace and Justice Centre,… Continue reading

Introducing Sanjay: a very inspirational teacher.

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We arrived at the Samata school in Pokhara every morning to the sound of the whole school singing and praying, whilst lined up in rows and getting warmed up for the day’s learning… Continue reading

Neih Hou from Hong Kong

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After teaching for weeks in a hot, cramped and minimal bamboo classroom in Nepal, it took a moment to get over the initial shock of comfortable teaching conditions and access to facilities beyond… Continue reading

Jamaica – Trench Town Week 2

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Some comments from our mentors that joined us for week 2 of teaching at Boystown School, Trenchtown, Kingston. Jason: As we travelled down the bumpy and unkept road towards the school we would… Continue reading

Debate Mate Cup fever hits Pokhara

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I mentioned to my year 9 class near the beginning of my time in Pokhara that debating was about more than just talking about Nepal. I told them, in time, they would have… Continue reading

Final week’s teaching in Pokhara

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After two weeks spent learning the ropes and practicing fervently, this Wednesday and Thursday the children at the Samata School in Pokhara will have their first taste of competitive debating. It has been… Continue reading

Greetings from Team Bhaktapur, Nepal

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From Saad: We arrived in Bhaktapur on Sunday 29 July and delivered a successful and thoroughly enjoyed show debate and began our first lessons on Monday. We are currently teaching three classes as… Continue reading