IDebate Rwanda is a NGO started in October 2012 with the aim of promoting the activity of debate in Rwanda. While debating has existed in Rwanda since the year 2000, there hasn’t been any consistency in the program and that’s the gap that iDebate Rwanda aims to fill. Started with former debaters, Idebate Rwanda Program has had the privilege of having on its board people with the skills and knowledge to be able to shape and impact the students that were to participate in the league.
Idebate Rwanda gives students the tool to change their own world by teaching them how to think critically how to solve problems creatively and how to how impact their own society. By taking part in debate, students become engaged learners, critical thinkers and leaders who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities. Debate transforms the disengaged learners, those with poor academic performance into confident students who achieve higher test scores, become school leaders and are likely to become more successful in their professional career.
“Known to the world as the country ravaged by genocide of a particular tribe, we who live in it can tell a slightly different tale. For us, it’s more than the war, more than the still on-going infiltrations of former militias or the gruesome pictures shown on screens. It’s about the aftermath, the widowed women who are our mothers, the orphaned children who are our cousins, the raped girls dying of aids. At times, everything is black or white for my people, either we hate and hold a grudge against our fellow countrymen or we betray the legacies of those who lost their lives to the genocide” Annaise Kabbatende, Rwandese, 20