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Allegations of Misconduct Against Former DDI Director

Dear members of our debate community,

We are always striving to ensure that debate in Singapore remains an accessible and safe space for all. As such, we take a very strong stance against matters that threaten the well-being and trust of those within our community.

Please find here DA(S)' statement regarding the allegations made against a former programme director of the Debate Development Initiative.

For further enquires on this matter, please email outreach@debates.org.sg or call the Debate Association (Singapore) President, Cherylyn Wee, at this number: +65 9872 7968

If you are a former DDI member that has been affected by this incident or a parent of a student affected, you are encouraged to make your own police reports in addition to the one made by Debate Association (Singapore).

For further assistance, please approach the Executive Committee.


If you have any relevant information on this issue or on other equity violations at Debate Association (Singapore) programmes, please email equity@debates.org.sg.

If you are harassed or made to feel uncomfortable by an individual within the community, no matter how prominent they may be, do not hesitate to come forward. All reports made to the equity committee will be confidential, and each case will be treated with the utmost care and sensitivity.

Regards,
Executive Committee
Debate Association (Singapore)

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DA(S) ExCo 2018-2019

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting on 28 July 2017, where several new executive committee members were elected into office. The updated DA(S) Executive Committee for 2018-2019 is as follows:
 
President: Cherylyn Wee
Secretary: Angus Ku
Treasurer: Ali Ahmad Yaakub
Director (Competitions and Training): Reuben Lopez
Director (Competitions and Training): Nabilah Bahrim
Director (Competitions and Training): Joel Law
Director (Competitions and Training): Ryan Lim
Junior Director (Competitions and Training): Thirrisha Murugan
 
The following were also appointed by the Executive Committee:
 
Director (Equity): Vihasini Gopakumar
Director (Adjudicator Management): Yeo Shi Wen
 
 
We are always striving to refine our programmes and events to better serve our community.
 
If you have feedback  or suggestions for how we can do things better or you would just like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you - please email outreach@debates.org.sg to get in touch with us.
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Primary School Debate Open 2018

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to be organising another edition of the annual Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) in July-August this year!

PSDO is an important platform for Primary 4 to 6 students to hone their critical thinking skills while debating against their peers from other schools. PSDO serves as a crucial opportunity for schools to prepare their teams for the Primary Schools National Debate Championships, otherwise known as Wits & Words, in the upcoming season.

At PSDO this year, teams can look forward to challenging new elements such as impromptu or short-preparation debates where teams will prepare independently without further assistance from their teachers or coaches. Normally reserved for higher levels of debating, this exciting format at the Primary School level seeks to expose budding debaters to more challenging scenarios where they can further develop the ability to think on their feet and work as a team under pressure.

The respective Debate Teachers-in-Charge have been emailed with the registration details and more information. If you are an official Debate Teacher-in-Charge for your primary school and have yet to receive it, kindly contact our Tournament Director Thirrisha (thirrisha@debates.org.sg). Please feel free to direct any further questions to her as well.

We look forward to seeing you at PSDO 2018!

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Registration for June Training Camp (Pri Sch) is Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Debate Association (Singapore) June Training Camp!


DA(S) warmly welcomes primary school debaters to its annual debate camp held during the June holidays. The camp is open to all regardless of debate experience.

The Camp will feature engaging lectures on argumentation skills by seasoned local debaters, as well as small-group breakout sessions with experienced facilitators. Over the three days, students will have access to practical, easy-to-grasp key debating ideas, as well as opportunities to put these ideas to practice. By the end of the camp, students should come away with a greater understanding of debate, confidence in expression, and a structured approach to critical thinking and questioning.

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Results of DADC 2018

The Debate Association Debating Championships (formerly known as Speak! Ventures Debating Championships) is an annual tournament organised by DA(S) that serves as a crucial preparatory tournament for teams competing in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships.
 
This warm-up tournament gives teams from all 3 divisions a chance to sharpen their skills and put what they've learnt to the test so that they can give their best at the Nationals, which normally runs from February to late April every year.
 
This year, DA(S) was honoured to have the National Coach of our very own Team Singapore, Mrs Geetha Creffield, serve as Chief Adjudicator of the competition to provide expertise in setting quality debate motions and judge debates. The tournament was held on 27th and 28th January at our venue partner for the second year running, Tanglin Trust School.
 
We hope that all debaters had a wonderful time, and we are grateful to all of our partners and their staff as well as the support of the debate community including teachers, coaches, judges, and all volunteers.
 
 
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Secondary School Training Camp 2017 - Register Now!

Debate Association (Singapore) is excited to announce the opening of registration for the Secondary School Training Camp on 20-22 November 2017

DA(S) warmly welcomes debaters to its annual debate camp for secondary school students held during the November holidays. The camp has traditionally been targeted at beginners at the secondary school level, but this year will feature a radical new change to also cater to more experienced debaters and repeat participants.

Whether it is to gear up for the Singapore Secondary School Debating Championships in 2018, or just to learn the basics of debating, every student will leave the camp far more adept in the art of persuasion.

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Debate Association (Singapore)

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