Debate Club

We unearth the facts.

Administration Block

Built in 1905. Corbians wear blue.

About

Debate Club was the second club to be founded in Gayaza High School after Interact Club. It is about promoting intellectual arguments through the various debate formats students are educated about.
Through this, students improve their research skills, public speaking skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Furthermore, they acquire knowledge about the various debate formats like the Karl Popper, British Parliamentary and Traditional Debates.
From these debate formats, members learn how to argue out their views according the necessary respect to their opponents and yet not giving up to their sides, in addition to this, Debate Club promotes our motto, “NEVER GIVE UP” as members keep going until they are winners.

Motto

We unearth the facts.

Mission

To have an all-round debater exuding all debtors’ character traits enriched with values of a Gayaza High School student.

Vision

Using debate skills in day to day life to endorse the Gayaza High School motto, NEVER GIVE UP.

Goals 2017-2018

1) HEAD TEACHERS’ DEBATE
We plan to organize the very first head teacher debate in Uganda. In this debate, head teachers of schools across the country will be converged at Gayaza High School to exhibit their skills of debate on a given theme. Through this, we shall connect with schools across the country and break the monotony of only students learning and participating in debate functions.
2) DEBATE CLUB LIBRARY
We plan to officially open up the Debate club librarian. It is to have books concerning the country and the world at large such as the constitution, United Nations Act and encyclopedia. In addition to that, it shall have an annual magazine to show the activities of the outgoing committees along with a special message to the incoming committees. It is to be located in the Mehta Library and it will be passed on from committee to committee.
3) DEBATE CLUB CHARITY PROJECT
We plan to work kin collaboration with the Debate Club of Kings’ College Budo to organize the first annual Leadership training sessions. These sessions shall be carried out in Universal Primary Schools where we shall teach the students skills on how to manage and deal with the various challenges faced during student leadership, further more we shall hold short debates to endorse public speaking skills and thereafter, awards shall be rewarded to the best speakers and donations given to the school. Through this, our aim is to develop the future leaders of our great nation, Uganda.
4) ANNUAL DEBATE FUNCTION
We plan to break the monotony of the annual Grand Debate and change it into something new and better where all countries across the country are involved. We also plan to strengthen our connections with our head body, the Parliament so as to Grand the function. Furthermore, we plan to work with the National Debate Council to partner us with various councils in schools to broaden the annual function.
5) EAST AFRICA MODEL UNITED NATIONS (EAMUN)
We plan to register for EAMUN and be able to represent the club along with the school for the very first time. Through this, we shall broaden our debate skills and also get new formats and skills to introduce in the school.
6) AFRICAN DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP (ADC)
We plan to attend the very first ADC to be held in Uganda during the Term 2 holidays. We have currently registered our team for the championship and plan to start the immense training.

Recent Club Activities

I. MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Members of the Debate Club have represented the school three times in the annual debates that concern world issues. In each of their representation, members had their resolutions pass through and went on to debate them vividly in their various committees representing their various countries.
II. AFRICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY DEBATES
Members of the club went on to represent the club along with the school in South Africa during the commonly termed ALAMAU. In these debates, our representatives came back with great skills to teach the rest of the school as they not only taught students there their values and principles but also learnt from them.
III. SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE GRAND DEBATE
A great number of students represented the school at Saint Mary’s College Kisubi where they immensely debated on the theme of Water Conservation. Our very own, Nabwire Bridget was the best female speaker for the day and she was awarded accordingly.
IV. DEBATE SALON
The debate club executive organized a Debate Salon at the end of Term 1 2017 where there were various services that we provided for example hair washing and massage. This activity was done in order to fund-raise money for our debate club library to be opened at the end of Term 2.
V. STAND OUT SHOUT OUT (SOSO)
A selected group of members represented the school along with the club at the parliament in the very firs SOSO where they discussed the emerging and current problems facing our country. From this, members came up with solutions to some of the problems which are to be implemented by the organizers of the event.
VI. FORTNIGHT DEBATES
The executive committee organizes regular debates where various club members are asked to represent their dormitories, classes and even clubs. From these debates, the best speaker on either side is awarded and through this, others are encouraged to participate in the debates.
VII. ANNUAL OLYMPIC DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Members of the club have represented the school frequently and most recently in the annual Olympic debate championship. In these competitions, we have emerged second which was in 2016. We debate about the various Olympic values and norms where we get knowledge of Olympic Games and Olympians.

2017-2018 Executive Members

Senior executive members

  • PRESIDENT – Sebaggala Faizah
  • VICE PRESIDENT – Nabwire Bridget
  • CHIEF JUDGES – Akullu Melissa and Namirimwe Prilla
  • TREASURER – Twongirwe Asher
  • SECRETARY – Alwaro Anna
  • CHIEF WHIP – Masaba Esther
  • INTERNAL COORDINATOR – Gyezaho Angel
  • EXTERNAL COORDINATOR – Hamba Lucy
  • OVERSEER – Sekyana Zindzi

Junior executive members

  • VICE PRESIDENT – Komukyeya Divine
  • TREASURER – Achola Claris
  • CHIEF WHIP – Mbabazi Tia
  • OVERSEER – Ssonko Hannah
  • LIBRARIAN – Mbabazi Martha

Club Patrons

1. Mrs. Tumutegyereize Kellen
2. Mrs. Lubega Tracy
3. Mr. Muhizi Peter

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