Pan African Universities Debating Championship

Pan African Universities Debating Championship (PAUDC) is the biggest Intercollegiate Debate Championship on the African Continent established in 2008 by the University of Botswana Debate Masters Association. It is a platform that affords students from all universities within the continent to discuss issues of Africa and beyond. PAUDC is Parliamentary debating tournament held in British Parliamentary Debate format (involving four teams of two people in each debate).[1][2][3]

Pan African Universities Debating Championship
Established2008
RegionAfrica
FormatBritish Parliamentary Style
Number of Teams~80-150
Record participation~145 teams (2012)
Current championsRhodes University
Most championshipsUniversity of the Witwatersrand (3), KNUST (3), Rhodes University (2), University of Cape Town (2)

The current PAUDC champions are Franciscus Crouse and Oyisa Katshaza from Rhodes University . The 2021 edition of the PAUDC was the 2nd edition to be held virtually as a result of travel restrictions and other issues emanated from the Coronavirus pandemic. The virtual tournament hosted by the University of Botswana Debate Masters Association in Botswana under the theme; “Channelling the roots of African Debate.”[4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

The OSI African Regional Office and the Youth Initiative partnered with the Pan-African Universities Debating Championship (PAUDC) organizing committee and the University of Botswana to organize the first-ever Pan African Universities Debating Championship in 2008 to provide students from various African universities the opportunity to interrogate issues of African and Global importance.[7][8]

FormatEdit

The championship is usually held in eight days. It usually takes place in the first two weeks of December and is being hosted in a different country every year

The PAUDC structure is the British Parliamentary (BP), made up of four teams of two, with two teams supporting a motion, and two teams opposing. Debating teams are independent and compete with each other.

The competition involves nine preliminary rounds, which become "power-paired" as the tournament progresses, matching the strongest-performing teams against each other. The process of scoring and pairing these teams is known as "tabbing". The scoring of teams is done by judges, most of whom are students or former students from the competing institutions, who return "ballots" with their scores to the adjudication team, led by a Chief Adjudicator who is assisted by one or more deputies.

At the end of the debate, teams are ranked from 1st to 4th.

The team names are as follows. Opening Government (OG), consisting of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister; Opening Opposition (OO), consisting of the Opposition Leader and Deputy Opposition Leader; Closing Government (CG), consisting of the Government Member and Government Whip; and Closing Opposition (CO), consisting of the Opposition Member and the Opposition Whip.

The speaking order is Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Opposition Leader, and so forth.[9]

List of tournamentsEdit

Year Host City Hosting Institution Winning Institution Final Motion Best Speaker Winning team
8-14 December 2008 Botswana, Gaborone University of Botswana Won by the University of the Free State, South Africa
12-18 December 2009 Botswana, Gaborone University of Botswana Won by Rhodes University, South Africa[10] GF: THW abolish all limits on immigration.[11]
4-11 December 2010 Namibia, Windhoek University of Namibia Won by University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
4-11 December 2011 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Falcon College Won by the University of Pretoria, South Africa THW have the African Union take over all peacekeeping duties in Africa
9-15 December 2012 South Africa, Pretoria Tshwane University of Technology Won by the University of Cape Town, South Africa Mighti Jamie [12]
November 29- December 8, 2013 Nigeria, Calabar[13] University of Calabar Won by the University of Cape Town, South Africa
4-12 December 2014 South Africa, Polokwane University of Limpopo[14][15] Won by the University of Botswana, Botswana INFO SLIDE[16]

THR Kim Kardashian's recent photoshoot.

8-17 December 2015 Ghana, Accra University of Ghana[17][18][19] Won by University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Mighti Jamie [20]
9-17 December 2016 Zimbabwe, Gweru Midlands State University Won by University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
7-15 December 2017 Cameroon, Buea University of Buea Won by Midlands State University, Zimbabwe[21] Minenhle Nzana

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8-16 December 2018 Tanzania, Dars es Salaam University of Dars es Salaam Won by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)[23]
8-16 December 2019 Ghana. Kumasi[24] Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Won by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)[25][26] Adekunbi Ademola [27] Micheal Ampah and Erasmus Mawuli Segbefia
14-20 December 2020 Virtual Makerere University and Royal Rhetorics Won by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)[28] This House Believes That judicial systems should more harshly punish people found guilty of committing crimes against members of social groups who experience disproportionately high rates of violence regardless of that offender’s intent (i.e. women, ethnic minorities) lindokuhle Mabaso and Dan Lee Kojo Opoku Acheampong and Abena Achiaa Otuo
09-12 December 2021 Virtual University of Botswana Won by Rhodes University (South Africa) THW, as the African Union, Grant members of the 6th Region economic and Political Rights Sodiq Farhan Franciscus Crouse and Oyisa Katshaza

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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