DEBATE GHANA ASSOCIATIONREPORT ON THE 1ST GHANA TERTIARY DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 Start 30th Jan- 9th March 2012 BY CHRISTIAN LEBRECHT MALM-HESSE 12 TH MARCH, 2012.
TABLE OF CONTENTI. Executive Summary 2II. Description 3 A. Background 3 B. Scope of work 3III. Implementation 4 A. Results 7 B. Constraints and Challenges 7 C. Management 9IV. Lessons Learned/ Recommendations 10 Annex 1 schedule 1 GTDC 2012 12
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Ghana University Debating Project & Championships is designed by the Association to set the frontiers of youth development in these forensic arts strongly to grant a meaningful participation of our country in both local and international events of debate and public speaking. The main objectives of the project include: To out fare the maiden Ghana University Debating Championships; Competition motivates students to improve themselves; Boost student performance by training tertiary students in the all new format to the country, British Parliamentary Debate Format ;Build effective outcomes: One-on-one tutoring/coaching model provides individualized instruction and provide a safe, familial atmosphere that nurtures student growth; to build a resourced local capacity for debate trainees (teachers, debate team coaches, etc.) and to serve as a mechanism for the country’s universities to qualify for international championships. The project is divided into four structural phases and these include: Identification of universities (formation of debate clubs, application, affiliation procedures, etc.); modules and resources (training for universities/clubs, establishments of clubs with school, Debate Clinics, etc); Grade Point System (Isolated competitions with affiliate universities only to grant institutions qualification grade point to GUDC) and the organization of the GUDC. The project targeted 16 Universities drawn from all the regions of Ghana to undergo training and eight (8) to compete in the debate championships. The language used was English. The Association raised funds of $1,829 to support the training of the sixteen (16) institutions identified, as this was not captured in the budget. The training formed the backbone of the project as they knew nothing about the BP format. The Association, considered important the training of the BP and the chair moved for the raising of $4,386 for the shooting of a pilot production coupled with the event. This is to better the position of the seriousness to training in the BP and debating as a whole for the youth and our relevance to participate at words and Pan African University Debating Championships
The event lasted for six (6) days and the teams left for their universities on the seventh day. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won the first and third places with the University of Ghana placing second respectively. Trophies, plaques and certificates were given to deserving debaters and teams i. On the whole it was a success.II. DESCRIPTIONA. BackgroundAs part of the Association’s comprehensive and strategic approach to develop debating in Ghanait proudly initiated the Ghana Universities Debating Championships 2012 Project, which waslater dubbed Ghana Tertiary Debating Championships with funding from Open Society Institute.This included Polytechnics and other tertiary institutions in the country thereby opening thedemocratic processes among the youth.The goals of the project sought to accomplish the following: i. Create intellectually characterized environment, where students would debate domestic and foreign policy resolutions from a variety of perspectives and develop students’ speech, oratory and civil skills. ii. Organization of the maiden edition of the Ghana University Debating Championships 2012. The implementation of this has paved way for our institutions to move away from the middle school format practical to the BP style as that the country can effectively participate at worlds. The union phases of the project included identification phase, training and resources, grade point system and the championships with a target population of 8 institutions.
The final phase of the event by the championships came off at the University of Ghana. This isthe largest and oldest university in the country. It was founded in 1948 and currently has astudent population of 42,000. The university is mainly based at Legon, about 12km northwest ofthe centre of Accra. Participants’ institutions ranged from universities, polytechnics.B. Scope of WorkThe Association in order to enhance the planning and organization of the maiden edition of theproject effectively and efficiently formed a National Tertiary Debate Committee to have anoversight responsibility. The committee was comprised of three (3) representatives from thenational youth leadership unions in the country namely National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS), Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students, and Private Union StudentsAssociation of Ghana. These bodies are the largest youth front in the country assisted with ourdecentralization policy and grass root participation initiations as well. The project organizationand implementation was divided into four main activities and these have been enumeratedbelow:Identification of Universities /InstitutionsThe representing leadership Unions as mentioned have universities and institutions under theirumbrella as such they were ask to present five (5) institutions aside university of Ghana, the host.The school given by the student unions included: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Institution of Professional Studies
Ghana Institute of Languages University of Education, Winneba University of Ghana Catholic University of College of Ghana Ghana Christian Science University (Kumasi) Ghana Christ University Methodist University of College Islamic University Koforidua Polytechnic Kumasi Polytechnic Accra Polytechnic Bolgatanga Polytechnic and Takoradi Polytechnic.These sixteen (16) institutions were identified and subsequently discussions, application andregistration procedures were done to complete formal relations for their engagements. Theseinstitutions are scattered across the ten regions of the country.Training Module and ResourcesThis activity started in week two (2) to four (4) of the timeline. Universities identified as pertheir Debate Society members underwent training of the British Parliamentary styleargumentation literacy as this is new to the Ghana debate community. The Association trainedstaff established two (2) Debate Societies and revived fourteen (14) Debate Societies as theidentified institutions. Debate Clinic and workshops were organized for the society overpresentation slides to ensure participation learning and interact. Coaches, trainers, educators anddebate leaders were not left out in this exercise was for the association on project implementationteam to impact fully the BP styles, its whiles and argumentation literacy and an ultimate forgoneconclusion on the middle school format.Grade Point System (GPS)
The indicator of this activity was to make sure that the BP debate procedures are well acquaintedwith by the debate societies. Subsequently the GPS round was meant to usher the universitiesand their teams into a qualifying round to ensure that assimilation of the training is optional andeffective and the University debate teams were ready to participate at the Nationals (GhanaUniversity Debating Championship). This was based on their raw scores. Eight (8) universitiesmade it to the championships but indications show that more training needs to be done.Ghana University Debating ChampionshipsThe program of the event captured and details outlines of events. The championship arrivals ofwas on Saturday 3rd march 2012. Two institutions pulled out. The institutions which made it tothe event itself from the GPS included University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University ofScience and Technology, Catholic University, Kumasi Polytechnic, University of EducationWinneba, Ghana Christian university, Ghana institute of languages and Islamic University.However, Islamic University and Ghana Christian University pulled out at the stage. They citedlack of financial support from their school administration to facilitate their travelling. Theparticipation institutions were ask to file three(3) teams and ten (10) debaters as observers toenhance our training effort in the future. We had a total of 96 participants’ three adjudicatorsand 10 officials from the organization.Moreover, in the light to develop the debate front of the country, the Association raised extrafunds of $1,829 to support training of the participants in their schools before the event date andraised additional $4,386 to shoot the maiden edition as pilot to later run on television, as thesecost were not captured in the budget. This is to further entrench our position as a debatepromoting organization and count on OSI and other institutions to help Debate GhanaAssociation. The event lasted for six (6) days and the teams left for their universities on theseventh day. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won the firstand third place with the University of Ghana placing second respectively. Trophies, plaques andcertificates were given to deserving debaters and teams. On the whole it was a success.
II. IMPLEMENTATION Start 30th Jan- 9th March 2012 a. ResultOutcome indications for measuring the effect on impact of activities.Activity 1: Expected Indicators of Means of outcome/result outcome/result verification/ measurementIdentification of Participation of Completion of formal Inspection ofUniversities Universities for procedures with records & implementation of Universities supervision project.Activity 2: Expected Indicators of Means of outcome/result outcome/result verification/ measurementTraining modules Debate trainees to Establishments/revival Inspection ofand Resources for be conversant with of debate & literary records ofUNIVERSITIES the GUDC clubs in universities participatingdebate trainees & Registration of universities.representatives participants/universities Periodic visit Teaching methodologies to debate Debate clinics trainee’s universities. SupervisionActivity 3: Expected Indicators of Means of outcome/result outcome/result verification/ measurementGrade Point System Debate teams GPS league round Assessment of familiar with qualification. 8 participation debate procedures universities qualify to and & the GPS GUDC qualification ranks of debate teams to GUDC.Activity 4: Expected Indicators of Means of outcome/result outcome/result verification/ measurementGUDC Overall winner Judges. SupervisionChampionships adjudged Debate teams. Halls to host event. Debate coaches. Resolutions selected
and tagged to all debate sessions. Competition Logistics Feeding TransportationOverall project: Expected project Indicators of project Means of outcome/result outcome/result verification/ measurementTo create an Registration of 8 Organisation of maiden Supervisionintellectually Universities in the GUDC 2012characterized country.environment, Organized seminarswhere students can for trainees todebate domestic acquaintand foreign policy themselves withresolutions under procedures.the British UniversitiesParliamentary motivated toDebate style as participate in theagainst the middle GUDCschool format. championships. b. Implementation Plan (Gantt chart) Person Jan 24th 2012 Feb March ACTIVITY (use of trained Responsible champs volunteers as usual) Identification of Seth Osafo Universities Training modules and Lebrecht workshops for SHS debate Hesse trainees & representatives Grade Point System Cyril Awudja The Debate Christian L. championships Malm-Hesse
c. Constraints and Challenges The expected start time delayed until our notification from our Bankers on the 24th of January 2012. This affected our time lines for implementation. We were constraint with time as we had to re-identify and balance the implementation period with the academic calendar considering the period given for implementation. On the whole we were able to do adjustments through consultations for the implementation period. Secondly, communication and responsiveness from youth leaderships were difficult as their representatives didn’t line up to their expectation and role play. The association had to role play for personnel’s changed with certain organizational activities especially in areas of marketing and communication. Thirdly, the Association struggled to raise fund of $1,829 to support the training of the sixteen (16) institutions identifying as this was not this was not captured in the initial budget. The training formed the backbone of the project as they knew nothing about the BP format. Fourthly, two institutions pulled out at the final stage citing lack of support from their administration financially and this affected the organization to some extent. We quickly had to rely on tabbing and dummies to make do for the effect. Furthermore, University of Ghana while identified as the host and was subsequently charged with accommodation arrangements. However, this did not go as planned and the Association had to address their inability to provide such facility with a Private Hostel facility close to the main Halls on campus to house debaters, observers and adjudicators. One of the biggest problems was internal transport issues as this was not captured fully. The dependent variable was the student shuttle run by private hostel but this arrangement failed at the final stage but the organizers found alternative measure for this problem.
Nonetheless, allowances for adjudicators were not captured in the budget. This problem was also dealt with by the Association. The championships had three (3) adjudicators trained locally (two lectures and a lawyer) by the Association for the championships. We hope to subsequently capture these values.d. Management The management or organizing committee engaged 20 volunteers for about three (3) months. They were trained in the BP format and moved and traversed the country training students in BP and argumentation literacy. The management ensured that feeding was the best. Consideration was given to participants on special diet. The management considered high, the training of the BP and the chair moved for the realizable funds of $4,386 to ensure the shooting of a pilot production. This is to better the position of the seriousness of BP and debate training for the youth and our relevance to participate at words and Pan. Management, subsequently maintained relevance of the general components of the organization and implementation of the project and even put in more with the raising of funds for the pilot production of a reality BP debate show for universities on television.
Areas such as transportation for debaters, marketing and communications as this were managed well. Radio Universe covered the event. Awards and Certificates were given to deserving debaters. Accommodation for both debaters and adjudicators including an assisting adjudicator from Nigeria Were also arranged for effectively.iv. Lessons Learned/Recommendations The organization of the project was generally a success with funding from Open Society Institute (OSI). We pray that as the event is scheduled as an annual project we count on the timely release of funds to help the management and implementation of timelines. That Leadership Unions must be strengthened as they stand as strategic partners for youth development and the Association is keen on this move. This will help the Association to start building from the grass root level. The Association upon inculcating the pilot production to the tournament to run on television as a reality show. This would be one of the first democratic structures to ensure viewer debate learning through entertainment. This would run hopefully for thirteen (13) weeks come next year. The cost of production itself would be put in the project II budget as we hope to embark on increased and strategic engagement of the youth in democratic process. The cost of training would be captured in project II budget of this initiative and as such, make the BP training more developed. We pray to draw more training programmes and call on OSI for partnership as the initial exposure of the students to a single training is not enough for youth develop but post training programmes are essential. The Association will put in place support funds to support marginal students so as to avoid the incidence of pull outs on such welfare grounds. Accommodation facility cost would be drawn to borne by participants such that it would always secure a facility no matter how otherwise future arrangement would go. Also, the timing of the event would be reviewed as that would also solve the facility problem. i.e. vacations.
Transport management companies should be contracted rather done depending on the University hosting for this facility. Financial issues concerning allowances and payments from personnel engaged in the project should be captured adequately to avoid payment problems on lack of allocation funds to pay personnel during filing of projects to partnering organizations. The Association calls for a strong support of subsequent training programmes in the country as the students need this to develop youthfully and participate at worlds and Pan.i schedule 1 GTDC 2012 annex 1