ASD Youth Programme organised a half day meeting on 20 March 2013 with the members of the Dolakha Debate Club. The club consisting of a total of nine members was established on September 16, 2012 by the alumni of New Media and Debate Workshop 2010/11 and the members of the Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI). The main agenda of the meeting was to explore possibilities for growth and sustainability of the newly established debaters club in the region.
Similarly, an interaction programme with the local stakeholders was also held on the same day. During the programme the participants discussed the nature of the fortnightly radio debate programme on Radio Sailung, a community FM station, and expressed their views on areas for improvement and expansion.
ASD Youth Programme in coordination with Faculty Debate Initiative (FDI) and the Faculty of Department of Conflict and Peace Studies at the Mid-Western University conducted a half day discussion programme on “Introduction to Debate” on 29 March 2013 in Surkhet, Nepal. A total of 45 participants including graduate and undergraduate level students of Conflict and Peace Studies and Social Work and the alumni of New Media and Debate Workshop (2010 till 2012) were present at the programme.
The Department of Conflict and Peace Studies have started teaching debate since beginning 2013 to its students with the objective to help them learn and acquire skills required for critical thinking, effective communication, and managing conflict through structured debate.
Meeting with the members of Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI) was held on February 16, 2013 at Yalamaya Kendra in Lalitpur. The meeting was held with the objective to discuss the way forward for NDI and explore grant making opportunities to ensure sustainability and independence. Altogether fourteen members from Kathmandu, Dolakha, Birgunj and Nuwakot took part in the meeting.
ASD Youth Program organised five day debate training on British Parliamentary format with faculty members from three Universities, namely; Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University and Mid-Western University from September 02-06, 2012 in Nagarkot and three day training on the similar format of debating with University level students from September 08-10, 2012 in Lalitpur. The training was conducted by Mr. Logan Balajivendran.
Mr. Balajivendra, an educationist from Malaysia has more than a decade of experience within a formal university environment developing undergraduates, postgraduates and working professional in varying class sizes. He has conducted training workshops in more than 15 countries, for students of all ages and abilities, from all over the world.
ASD organized a half day discussion program with Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI) members on Thursday August 09, 2012 in Kathmandu. The purpose of the meeting was to formulate objectives for the NDI and to identify and prioritise activities to achieve the set objectives.
ASD Youth Program organised a two day Training of Trainers (ToT) on “Karl Popper Debate Format” on July 13 and 14, 2012 in Lalitpur. The purpose of the program was to familiarise debaters with the Karl Popper Debate format and to build their capacity as Karl Popper Debate format trainers, coaches and judges. 22 debaters from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dolakha and Surkhet including members of Nepal Debate Initiative attended the training.