The Uganda Schools Debate Championship engagement with Legislators

Starts: Friday, 6 December 2019 - 09:00am
Ends: Friday, 6 December 2019 - 14:00pm
Location: Parliament of Uganda Building
About this activity

Activity Report

On 6th December 2019, Centre for Policy Analysis under the Parliament Watch Initiative together with Uganda Debate society convened a conference session between Members of Parliament. This was also supported by the Institute of Parliamentary studies. The session was meant to uplift the voices of young people especially students to reach the policymakers.

The Uganda Schools Debate Championship (USDC) 2019 is an annual initiative of the Debate Society of Uganda (DSU) which seeks to proliferate the nurture of active citizenry in Uganda’s democratic growth and development pursuit path using the tool of formal debate all while employing competition as a motivating factor to students’ participation across the country.

USDC is a culmination of regional championships organized by DSU and held through the year in the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Central parts of Uganda for High schools within those regions. These involved free regional debate and public speaking training for schools that were followed by regional debate championships.  The regional championships involved a total of up to 78 schools in participation and up to 103 schools in interactive reach through in-school training sessions; hence reaching student populations of up to 400 student debaters across the country and 80,000 students in school audiences

There is a growing recognition of the role of young people in participating and influencing policies and legislation that responds to their experiences and needs.  This is in line with the strategic Objective 2 of the Parliamentary Strategic Plan 2016/17 – 2019/20, which is “Increased public involvement and participation in Parliamentary business”. Recent developments in Parliament –citizen engagements such as the Annual Youth Parliament, Parliament week and citizen parliament are all commendable efforts of realizing this objective. However, there is still limited involvement and interaction of voices of the young people in secondary schools in the parliamentary processes and programs.

On 6th December 2019, Centre for Policy Analysis under the Parliament Watch Initiative together with Uganda Debate society convened a conference session between Members of Parliament. This was also supported by the Institute of Parliamentary studies. The session was meant to uplift the voices of young people especially students to reach the policymakers