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Debate Development Initiative Applications Now Open!

Written by DA(S) Admin on .

We are proud to announce that applications for the upcoming cycle of the Debate Development Initiative (DDI) is open! 

Currently in its fifth cycle, the DDI is a rigorous training programme which provides developmental exposure and competition opportunities to its members; It targets upper secondary school students (as of 2016) with at least moderate debating experience, a humble learning attitude, and a passion for oratory.

Designed to complement the training programmes of various secondary schools, past cycles of the DDI have had much success to date. The DDI will provide students with: 

  • Exposure to advanced content (e.g. international relations, economics) through masterclasses conducted by established local and international debaters;
  • Further development in argumentative and critical thinking skills through adjudicated practice debates during its training sessions;
  • An introduction to debate formats used at more senior levels, such as the British and Asian Parliamentary debate formats, to encourage flexibility in argumentation and style;
  • A sense of community by bringing together like-minded students from secondary schools across the circuit.

Priority will be accorded to students from schools without extensive financial and/or institutional support. Thus, students from schools in Division II and Division III of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDCs) are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 2359hrs Friday, 18 March 2016interviews will be conducted thereafter for shortlisted applicants. 

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Registration fees are S$125/- per applicant and will be used to cover the DDI's running costs. If the fee is an issue, applicants should inform us privately as financial aid is available. No applicant will be denied a place due to financial grounds. Please see our Brochure and FAQ for more information about the DDI. 

Interested students may apply for the DDI by filling up a brief form online at The outcome of all applications will be released on Friday, 22 April 2016. For further queries, please email Directors (DDI), Shawn Teo at, or Joshua Heng at

Contact Info

Debate Association (Singapore)