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Debate Development Initiative 4th Cycle Now Open!

We are proud to announce that applications for our Debate Development Initiative (DDI) is open!

Now in its 4th cycle, the DDI is a 15-week training programme focused on training debaters in a wide range of advanced debate topics, techniques and formats. It is open to Upper Secondary school students (as of 2015) with at least moderate debating experience, a humble learning attitude, and a passion for oratory.

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Results for Speak! Ventures Debate Championships 2015

Debate Association (Singapore) and Speak! Ventures Pte Ltd organised the Speak! Ventures Debate Championships held on 24 and 25 January 2015. The tournament was hosted by Pioneer Junior College.

In our second year, we saw 32 schools from across Singapore compete in preparation for the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships that will be happening in less than two weeks time.

Teams from across all three divisions of the SSSDC, debated in SVDC on motions surrounding issues such as patents for green technology, the dominant narratives in children's education, and on the impact of the commodification of indigenous cultures.

Nanyang Girls' High School emerged the champions of the Gold Division, while Ngee Ann Secondary School clinched the championship trophy for the Silver Division.

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Results for Division III Debating Championships 2015

Debate Association (Singapore) organised the Division III Debating Championships 2015 on the 10th of January 2015 at Anglican High School. The tournament is in its second year running, and allows fledgling teams from Division III of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships to gain early exposure and experience on the competitive circuit. 
This year saw an expanded turn out, with double the number of teams competing in the tournament. Students debated on complex issues such as holding video game companies financially responsible for the harms of addiction, regretting the rise of citizen journalism in Singapore and whether government scholarships should only be given to the financially needy. 
After three gruelling rounds of debate, including an impromptu motion, Anglican High School emerged victorious, with Peirce Secondary School and Coral Secondary School coming in 1st and 2nd Runner Ups respectively. 

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Singapore National Co-Operative Federation British Parliamentary Debate Open 2014 Results

Debate Association (Singapore) organised the Singapore National Co-Operative Federation British Parliamentary Debate Open on 6 and 7 December at Catholic High School
Students debated high-level labour related motions such as THW prefer to direct microcredit financing to cooperatives instead of individuals and TH regrets the rise of protest movements that de-emphasize political leadership in preference for ground-up decision making (e.g. Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Hong Kong).
After four grueling preliminary rounds a Champion Team from Hwa Chong Institution emerged victor in an intense Grand Finals where they debated the motion: THBT developing countries should mandate that producers of export-oriented crops (e.g. coffee or quinoa) form cooperatives. 

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Announcement of Division III Debating Championships 2015

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce that the Division III Debating Championships will be held for its second year at Anglican High School on the 10th of January 2015

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. Last year's debate motions included topics such as the effect of personal electronic devices on today's youth, the mandatory death penalty and civil disobedience.

This tournament is open to all schools that will qualify for Division III under the Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2015.

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Registration for DA(S) December Camp 2014 Now Open

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Debate Association (Singapore) December Training Camp. This camp is targeted at secondary school-aged debaters at all skill levels. It will focus on the format used at the Singapore Secondary School Debate Championships in 2015. 


Camp Details

Dates: 3-5 Dec 2014 (Wednesday to Friday)

Time: 12pm-5pm daily

Fees: $70 per pax

Venue: School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)


Registrations are now open via our web form at:

As there are limited slots available, please register as soon as possible at the above URL.

Payment should be made in cheques only, to be made out to Debate Association (Singapore).
Schools that wish to pay electronically (e.g. through IFAAS) should contact Owen Yeo ( and Ali Ahmad Yaakub ( without delay as this takes time to process.

Should there be any further queries, please feel free to contact our Director of Training at


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