The Liberty Debates on Reservation

On March 26, 2016, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation in association with Debate Network Nepal concluded the third engagement of The Liberty Debates at Himalayan White House College. This month’s theme was Reservation and training on the idea and successive debating skills was divided into two parts – on the first day, participants were introduced to ideas on reservation and the British Parliamentary (BP) debate format. On day 2 – interested participants registered for a debate on a motion related to the theme and were judged by debate adjudicators.

The first day saw enthusiastic learners being taught on aspects of reservation, their rationale and counter-ideologies. Discussions centered on why reservation work/fail. Participants were then trained on the cores of BP debating techniques and technicalities.

The second day of the engagement saw debates running in English on the given motion ‘This house would allow introducing reservation/quota system in private sector in Nepal’. Participants from the government side in debates argued for reservation to bring inclusion. Participants from the opposition side argued that introducing reservation in private sector will lower the efficiency.

Post-debate on the second day, participants were given useful feedback on role fulfillment as speakers and brushing up content and execution. Audience members consisted of interested college and university students. Participants expressed the need for more such opportunities and were grateful for the opening of such a platform.

The Liberty Debates series aims to culminate into The Liberty Debates Championship in April, 2016 which will be a month-long debate league in BP format. Debates shall be run in both Nepali and English language categories and final scores shall be used to identify winners. The winning team is to be awarded Rs.30,000 and the runner-up Rs.20,000. The Best Speaker shall be awarded Rs.15,000. All prizes are subject to tax deductions.

You can register for The Liberty Debates Championship here!