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Ensuring a Safe Space for All

Dear members of the debate community,

Debate Association (Singapore) takes a very strong stance against any form of sexual harassment.

We are committed to building and maintaining a safe and welcoming family of debaters, regardless of differences in race, language, religion, age, gender, and so on. We take a very serious view on matters that threaten the well-being and trust of those within our community.

We gently urge any and all members of our community to reach out to us or the relevant authorities if you experience or witness any form of sexual harassment within our debate community. This includes incidents at tournaments, camps, and training sessions, or any other incidents involving a member of our debate community.

We place great importance on all debaters’ ability to both participate freely in the debate community and to access safe spaces. To that end, DA(S) is committed to enforcing equity policies across all of our programs.

If you wish to report equity violations, please contact the President and Vice President directly at equity@debates.org.sg. Your identity and all information will be kept strictly confidential.

At the same time, DA(S) also strongly urges everyone to practise sensitivity, empathy, and respect towards all members of our debate community.

 

Some Helplines


If you have been sexually assaulted and need counselling, legal advice:
Sexual Assault Care Centre
6779 0282 (Monday – Friday, 10am till midnight)
http://sacc.aware.org.sg/

If you are suicidal or have thoughts of hurting yourself:
Samaritans of Singapore
1800 221 4444 (24 hours)
https://sos.org.sg/

Police (Singapore)
Emergencies: 999 (24 hours)
Emergency SMS: 71999
http://www.police.gov.sg/content/contact-us

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Debate Association (Singapore) Annual General Meeting 2016

Dear Members of Debate Association (Singapore),

 

Debate Association (Singapore) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, from 7.00 - 9.30pm. As a member of DA(S), you're invited!

 

At the AGM, we will discuss our plans for the coming year. We will also have one position up for election:

  • Treasurer 

[Please see Annex A below for a brief description of the position.]

 

Ordinary members who wish to run for the available position must formally indicate interest to the Secretary (jonathan@debates.org.sg) at least 1 week before the AGM, by 2359h on 6 July 2016 (i.e. nominations will close 1 week before the AGM). 

 

All DA(S) members are invited to attend the AGM.  However, only members over 18 (as of the date of the AGM) will be able to vote and run for elections. Please note that DA(S) will temporarily cease processing new member applications till after the AGM. Any applicants who apply within this window will have their memberships approved by the new Committee. 

 

The details of the AGM are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Time: 7.00 - 9.30pm 

Venue: TBC - Details about the venue will be sent to confirmed attendees.

 

 

To ensure that we have a sufficiently large venue for the AGM, please email the Secretary (jonathan@debates.org.sg) with your full name and NRIC number if you would like to attend the AGM. We would appreciate if you could inform us by 6 July 2016. Nil replies are not required.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 
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Annex A

Summary of Roles

 

1. Treasurer

 
The Treasurer oversees the finances of DA as well as its investments. He/She acts in accordance with the mandate provided by the Exco. A complete set of accounts along with its source documents must be maintained and updated periodically. As the accounts are maintained on Xero (an online accounting software), familiarity with online accounting systems is crucial.
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Youth Debate Open 2016 Results

Co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) this year, the annual Youth Debate Open (YDO) aims to bring secondary school students from a wide range of debating backgrounds together in a friendly competitive environment. 

After two very exciting days of debates where teams argued on topics such as whether hacktivism brought about more harm than good, and whether there should state involvement in marriage, here are the results from the Youth Debate Open 2016:

 

Click "Continue Reading" for the results

 

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YDO 2016 Registration Still Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to announce that we will be organising the Youth Debate Open (YDO) 2016 in partnership with the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) on 18th and 19th June.

One of the few open tournaments targeted at Secondary School students (and those of equivalent standard in Integrated Programme / International Schools), YDO is a great opportunity for those looking to debate with their friends from other institutions. Regardless of whether you debate with your school mates or not, each team can comprise three to four members.

This tournament is held in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) format. If you have any queries, please enqi@debates.org.sg

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DA(S) June Camp 2016 Registration Opens!

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to open registration for our annual June Training Camps for Primary School students.

This year, we will be collaborating with SIM Discourse (the Debate and Current Affairs Club of the Singapore Institute of Management) and SIM Global Education to offer two concurrent camps:

-       For students who are newly interested in debating, the NEXUS camp provides a fun environment and engaging introduction to the activity;

-       The EXCELSIOR camp targets students who are already familiar with primary school debating, and who seek to build on their foundations.

The camps are open to students from Primary 4 to 6 inclusive. The camps will feature exciting masterclasses by well-known debaters from both the Tertiary debate circuit. In addition, both camps will provide students the opportunity to interact with experienced facilitators in small breakout groups, as well as test out their skills in a mini-tournament using the same format used at the national primary school debate championships – Wits & Words.

Please feel free to contact our Directors of Training, Muhammad Farhansyah (farhan@debates.org.sg) and Ang Meng Leng (mengleng@debates.org.sg) should you have any queries.

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DA(S)-ITE Debate Championships 2016 Results

Debate Association (Singapore) and ITE College organised the DA(S)-ITE Debate Championships 2016, held on 9 and 10 April 2016. The tournament was hosted by ITE College Central and supported by REACH.

We were happy to have Arthur Lee and Ernest Goh serve as Co-Chief Adjudicators for this tournament. Both of them were part of the WSDC Singapore Team that won the World Schools’ Debating Championships last year.

In our second year, we saw 32 teams from post-secondary institutions (Junior Colleges, ITE Colleges and Polytechnics) compete in preparation for the MOE-ACJC Intercollegiates and Inter-Polytechnic Debate Championships later in the year.

In the tournament, teams grappled with Singapore-centric issues, such as nationalizing public transport, pegging welfare to the attendance of Skillsfuture classes, and implementing a minimum wage in Singapore.

Raffles Institution emerged champions of the Gold Division, while Pioneer Junior College clinched victory in a close-fought battle for the title of champions of the Silver Division.

Click “Continue Reading” for the results. 

 

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