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SVDC 2017 Registration Open

Dear all,

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to be organising the Speak! Ventures Debate Championships 2017, in collaboration with Speak! Ventures.

This annual tournament serves as essential preparation for schools participating in the Singapore Secondary School Debate Championships (SSSDC). This year, we are very pleased to have our Team Singapore alumni, Adil Hakeem and Arthur Lee, as Chief Adjudicator and Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the tournament respectively. Adil was part of the team that won the World Schools’ Debating Championships 2011 in Dundee, Scotland, while Arthur was part of the team that won the World’s Schools’ Debating Championships 2015 in Singapore.

Invitations to sign up for the tournament have already been sent to the respective teachers-in- charge of secondary schools and international schools. If you have not received it, please email

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DA(S) December Camp 2016 Registration Open

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Debate Association (Singapore) December Training Camp.

DA(S) warmly welcomes beginner debaters to its annual debate camp for secondary school students held during the December holidays. This year's camp is specifically targeted at beginners at the secondary school level, and those who are just starting out in their debating career. The camp will feature engaging masterclasses by prominent local debaters, as well as small-group breakout sessions with experienced facilitators. Through the two days, students will have be able to access practical, easy-to-grasp key debating ideas. 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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SSSDC Adjudicator Training Workshop

As part of Debate Association (Singapore)'s circuit-wide initiatives to ensure that there is a continual pool of competent adjudicators, we will once again be organising the annual Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship Adjudicator Training workshop. The workshop is conducted by Mark Gabriel from our SSSDC partner, Julia Gabriel Centre.

This workshop is only open to all students who will be JC2, Poly 2, ITE 2 or equivalent 2017. Strictly no admission to anyone younger as per Julia Gabriel Centre rules.

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Singapore Red Cross - DA(S) International Humanitarian Law Debate Championship 2016 Results

Co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and Singapore Red Cross, the 8th edition of the International Humanitarian Law Debate Championships was held on 23 and 30 July at Republic Polytechnic. This tournament saw teams from the secondary schools and pre-university institutions debate on a wide range of issues concerning international humanitarian law. Debaters argued passionately on issues concerning modern conceptions of humanitarian law such as in cyber warfare, or whether the laws should indeed be applied in situations of internal conflict.


After 2 weekends of debates, here are the full results:


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Ensuring a Safe Space for All

Dear members of the debate community,

Debate Association (Singapore) takes a very strong stance against any form of sexual harassment.

We are committed to building and maintaining a safe and welcoming family of debaters, regardless of differences in race, language, religion, age, gender, and so on. We take a very serious view on matters that threaten the well-being and trust of those within our community.

We gently urge any and all members of our community to reach out to us or the relevant authorities if you experience or witness any form of sexual harassment within our debate community. This includes incidents at tournaments, camps, and training sessions, or any other incidents involving a member of our debate community.

We place great importance on all debaters’ ability to both participate freely in the debate community and to access safe spaces. To that end, DA(S) is committed to enforcing equity policies across all of our programs.

If you wish to report equity violations, please contact the President and Vice President directly at Your identity and all information will be kept strictly confidential.

At the same time, DA(S) also strongly urges everyone to practise sensitivity, empathy, and respect towards all members of our debate community.


Some Helplines

If you have been sexually assaulted and need counselling, legal advice:
Sexual Assault Care Centre
6779 0282 (Monday – Friday, 10am till midnight)

If you are suicidal or have thoughts of hurting yourself:
Samaritans of Singapore
1800 221 4444 (24 hours)

Police (Singapore)
Emergencies: 999 (24 hours)
Emergency SMS: 71999


Debate Association (Singapore) Annual General Meeting 2016

Dear Members of Debate Association (Singapore),


Debate Association (Singapore) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, from 7.00 - 9.30pm. As a member of DA(S), you're invited!


At the AGM, we will discuss our plans for the coming year. We will also have one position up for election:

  • Treasurer 

[Please see Annex A below for a brief description of the position.]


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