The aim of Abuja Schools Debate is to provide a platform for young people to think about and discuss issues that affect the various dimensions of their lives; with a view to taking appropriate actions.
This second edition of Abuja Schools Debate will focus on juvenile delinquency and its associated ills to the society and nation at large. The central theme is ‘Juvenile Delinquency: A generational Time bomb.’
This paper provides guidance for schools invited to aid the preparation of students for the competition.
Number of debaters
Two debaters will be expected from each school; a main speaker and a support speaker. Other students are also allowed to accompany the debaters up to a maximum of three in addition to the two debaters.
The debate competition will involve two elimination rounds with schools competing in four groups to allow qualifying schools to emerge for the grand finale.
- 1st Round: Schools will be allocated to four groups randomly and impromptu topics bothering around juvenile delinquency will be assigned to each group. Only the main speakers from each school will participate in the elimination rounds. Two schools from each group, depending on their aggregate scores, will move on to the second elimination round.
- 2nd Round: eight schools will compete in the second round out of which the best four will qualify for the final stage.
The topic for the grand finale is ‘Moral decadence and juvenile delinquency are products of erosion of societal norms and not family values’. Only schools that make it to the final round will compete on this topic. All invited schools are however expected to prepare both to propose and oppose the motion. The proposing and opposing teams will be determined through a ballot at the venue.
The decision of the panel of judges will be deemed as final for the outcome of the debate.
Awards and Prizes
The CTYDI trophy, gold medals and a cash prize of N50,000 will be awarded to the first position. The representatives of the first runner-up school will receive a cash prize of N30,000 and silver medals while bronze medals and the sum of N20,000 will be given to the second runner-up.
The CTYDI cup shall remain in custody of the winning school until the next competition. The school will be expected to make the trophy available and defend its championship in subsequent tournaments.
Confirmation of Participation
Kindly confirm your schools’ participation or otherwise to the secretariat by 15th May 2017 by texting or calling 08160192585 or 08073495967. You can also send a whatapp message to 08073495967.