Welcome to Kenya National Debate Council

Kenya National Debate Council (KNDC) is a non-profit organization founded in November 2010 by a group of young people drawn from different universities and other interested groups to revitalize intellectual and scholarly debates among the youth especially those in educational institutions.

KNDC brings together all debating clubs and associations in learning institutions. It oversees debate competitions, offer trainings and acts as a link between these clubs and other international debate organizations. In order for KNDC to achieve its goals and objectives, it engages in various events which include debate training and competitions, public speaking training and contests, and community service among other activities.

The Council’s Capacity

The organization is managed by a competent Executive Committee comprising of men and women of integrity drawn from various institutions. The members of the committee are debate experts; trainers, coaches, judges and debaters.

KNDC is now engaging different existing debating clubs and establishment of new ones in the universities and colleges that do not have. This engagement has to do with introduction to modern debate; formats, writing of arguments and case building, research and team roles. So far trainings have been carried in 10 universities and colleges. The council continues to train more students in various educational institutions and other people interested in debate.

    Objectives

  • enhance debating and intellectual growth
  • liaise with debating clubs and other organization that promote debating activities
  • promote critical thinking and creative ways of solving social issues
  • encourage critical thinking, personal expression, and tolerance for different opinions
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Events

After a series of trainings, we give the trainees an opportunity to perfect the skills gained. The main platform used is Debate between parties involved. Each series of training is accompanied by an event with that regard. It is through these events that trainees get the feel of what it is like to engage constructively in matters governance. These prepare them for the task at hand; reclaiming our country. Events include:


Scholars Festival (SF)

Scholars Festival is an initiative of KNDC that commenced in 2012 as an Intervarsity Debate Championship but has since grown to include other aspects of scholarly engagement beyond the art of Debate. Today, Scholars Festival has grown to an annual inter-institutional scholarly platform where students from Tertiary Level institutions get to engage through:

Intervarsity Law Challenge (ILC)

The Intervarsity Law Challenge (ILC) is an annual tournament organised in partnership with Nairobi Law Institute. The inaugural tournament, was the first of its kind in Kenya, and took place in February 2016. It targets law students from accredited law schools who get an opportunity to interact and test their mettle amongst their law peers.

Human Rights Challenge

The Human Rights Challenge was initiated in 2012 as a Human Rights Debate Championship in partnership with Amnesty International Kenya. However in 2014, it was expanded to include other forms of scholarly engagement within the same Human Rights theme together with other partners.

High School Debates

Our first High school debate engagement was in partnership with Amnesty International in 2012 where we carried out a human rights tournament with 10 high schools under the theme Sanitation. Today we have rolled out high school programmes such as mentorship and training in debate and public speaking to a number of schools. We expect to expand this with a national Debate championship- High School Edition in 2017.

Debate Camps

Our first debate camp stated as a team building event for members of KNDC and token of appreciation for winners of the scholars festival. It is now an annual event that includes mentees from our high school programmes alongside students from various institutions country wide. The camp caters for trainings in debate, public speaking, conservation, Governance supplemented with other fun activities such as game drives, site seeing among other outdoor activities.

Community Debates

LWe run community debates for advocacy, sensitisation and empowerment. Some of the debates we have done on this podium include peace debates in Nakuru with Work Force Development Global Alliance (WDGA).

Programes

Our Programs have been designed to take into account and fit within the needs of our target groups. Their design assume two approaches which have proved effective in resource utilization of time, human, financial and material, but achieving desired output in meeting our goals and objectives.

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Scholars Festival is an initiative of KNDC that commenced in 2012 as an Intervarsity Debate Championship but has since grown to include other aspects of scholarly engagement beyond the art of Debate.
The Intervarsity Law Challenge (ILC) is an annual tournament organised in partnership with Nairobi Law Institute. The inaugural tournament, was the first of its kind in Kenya, and took place in February 2016.
The Human Rights Challenge was initiated in 2012 as a Human Rights Debate Championship in partnership with Amnesty International Kenya. However in 2014, it was expanded to include other forms of scholarly engagement within the same Human Rights theme together with other partners.
Our first High school debate engagement was in partnership with Amnesty International in 2012 where we carried out a human rights tournament with 10 high schools under the theme Sanitation. Today we have rolled out high school programmes such as mentorship and training in debate and public speaking to a number of schools.

Time Table


Monday - Friday:
9am-3pm
Saturday:
9am-1pm

Music Classes

Saturday:
2pm-5pm