KAMPALA – Parliament is slated to host the 10th National Schools Debate Championship with the aim of sensitising young people on the effects of corruption in Uganda.
While addressing journalists at Parliament this morning, Guster Kakaire, Executive Director, National Debate Council said that the 10th debate championship will be held between 5th to 10th December 2019, at Gayaza High School and the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is expected as the guest of honour at the grand finale at Parliament
Kakaire said, “We cannot overemphasize the importance of engaging young people in schools to help understand the extent of corruption and challenge then to play their part. If we want to see a corruption-free future then we have to teach the youngsters the value of integrity and accountability.”
He explained that the National Debate Championship is a Non-profit organization founded by teachers intended to support debate having realized debate was decorating in the public and this year’s championship is aimed at uprooting corruption in schools and by the time students get in public office, they have obtained skills in critical and effective thinking.
According to the organisers, 250 schools took part in the competition with 100 of them coming to Kampala from 85 districts. The Previous winners include; Mbarara High School, Kings College Budo, Sacred Heart Girls School, Ntare School, Nyakasura, Mango SS, Nyakasura School current holders are Ntare School who will be defending their trophy.
George Bamugemereire, Deputy Inspector General of Government commented the National Debate Council for the innovation saying the competition will be critical at developing the capabilities of young people at a tender age.
He said, “We think that this NDC is hitting one bird with one stone, interesting then in research, competition. We think that the National Debate Championship is playing an important role in interesting young people about corruption. They haven’t been convinced in values of good behaviour because if underlying system is dead, then will have. If we can expose them to evils of corruption, if we can convince them against corruption, then service delivery will improve in this country.”