The Youth Debate Camp is an initiative of Open Space Centre that is convened once every year as a unique training ground for debate, public speech and research on key topical issues for youth in tertiary institutions. The camp is aimed at building youth civic competence and consensus on key political and policy issues. During the camp, students are trained in debating, argumentation and public speech. They also participate in competitions and public policy dialogues as a training ground for their new learnt skills.
This year’s edition, the 6th of its kind targets 100 participants, from 25 universities and tertiary institutions it will be hosted by Ndejje University main campus and will take place from the 28th October – 2nd November under the theme “The Refugee Question”. Under this theme the students will discuss, interrogate and analyze the refugee topic in relation to humanitarian, security and economic impacts to host communities in Uganda and the current state of refugees in the country. A publication on the thematic area reflecting the views of the youth will be developed and disseminated widely as part of the outcomes from the camp. The camp is part of University Debate and Dialogue program supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.