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Organised by Debate Association (Singapore), the D3DC presents a unique opportunity for less-exposed and less-experienced school debate teams to hone their skills in a learning-oriented environment. Students discussed topics such as the effect of personal electronic devices on today's youth, the mandatory death penalty and civil disobedience.
Additionally and in a first for 2014, eighteen shadow adjudicators in training for the Singapore Nationals also gained on-the-job experience under specially-designated senior Judge Mentors. This is part of a new DA(S) initiative to increase the depth of Singapore's volunteer adjudication pool, and improve the competencies of new judges.
Debate Association (Singapore) conducted its annual December Camp from 13 - 14 December 2013 at Yale-NUS.
On the 7th and 8th Of December, teams from 20 secondary schools across Singapore participated in the Youth Debate Open 2013, organised by Debate Association (Singapore) in collaboration with the Jelutung Youth Executive Committee, sponsored by the Singapore National Co-Operative Federation (SNCF) and held UWCSEA (Dover) and Canberra Community Club.
This year saw students debating challenging motions on subjects ranging from the introduction of HDB block co-op vetting processes, to allowing parents an enhanced role in deciding the curriculum and teaching standards for their children.
Multiple independent teams comprised of students from separate schools also took part, a sign of a blossoming and closely knit debating community flourishing in the secondary school circuit.