NESTA Debating

16th Competition Grand Final Motions and Event Dates

The (incomplete) schedule of Grand Final Events is as Follows.  It will be updated when those involved in Divisions 1E and 3C are able to be confirmed.

Thursday May 14th
Div. 2C (F3&4 CMI) 4:30 - 5:45
Div. 1C (F3&4 CMI) 5:45 - 7:00

Monday May 18th
Div. 2E (F3&4 EMI) 4:30 - 5:45
2nd Match to be confirmed (Div. 1E or 3C)  5:45 - 7:00

Wednesday May 20th
Primary Division 4:00 - 5:15
Division 3E (F1&2 EMI) 5:15 - 6:30

There may be a further event for 1E or 3C.

Div. 1C: "That music and art should be compulsory subjects throughout secondary school"
Div. 1E: To be announced
Div. 2C: "That voting for government should be compulsory"
Div. 2E: "That democracy has failed"
Div. 3E:"That Hong Kong is a good place to live"


16th Competition Round 6 Motions and Finishing Dates
Released 27th March 2015


Divisions 1C, 1E, 2C and 2E (Form 3&4 + Form 5): "that That pricing carbon emissions is the key to managing climate change"

Divisions 3C and 3E (Form 1&2): "that China's WTO membership has been positive"

Division Managers will e-mail the Draws to coaches over the next few days.

The Finishing Date for Round 7 and Motion Release Date for Round 7 is April 24th.


16th Competition Round 5 Motions and Finishing Dates
Released 13th February 2015

Divisions 1C, 1E, 2C and 2E (Form 3&4 + Form 5): "that globalization is gradually destroying cultural diversity"

Divisions 3C and 3E (Form 1&2): "that all museums and cultural sites should be free of charge"

Division Managers will e-mail the Draws to coaches over the next few days.

The Finishing Date for Round 5 and Motion Release Date for Round 6 is March 27th.


Secondary Sixes Day 1 on September 27th 2014

The motion for the Day 1 match for Secondary Sixes is "that secondary students should not take part in social movements". Day 1 is scheduled for Saturday September 27th and Day 2 for Saturday October 25th.

New coaches and teams are encouraged to come along and watch. Please e-mail us at to let us know how many people you are bringing.

Venue: Rm P4701 & Rm 4703, Academic Building 1, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
Starting time:9:00 a.m.

16th Competition Round 1 Motions 

Divisions 1C, 1E, 2C & 2E: "that non-residents should be banned from the secondary housing market"

Divisions 3C & 3E: "that all new homes should be a minimum of 700 square feet"

Registrations are now closed.  Round 1 matches should be completed by October 12th, which is also the release date for Round 2 Motions and Draws.


Debating is an essential tool to maintain many of our democratic values:

  • Freedom of Expression
  • The right to be heard
  • Reason
  • Tolerance
  • Decision based on evidence
  • Accountability and transparency.


Debating and Language Learning

Debating provides a purposeful context in which language and cognitive skills can be extended.

Debating has become more and more popular in Hong Kong schools over recent years. But traditionally it has catered for top schools and Senior Students.  Our Competition is split into age and language ability divisions to make debating accessible to a wide range of students.  Our main concerned is with the process, constructive feedback and endowing students with useful life skills.

All teams can experience three debates before the "elimination" rounds begin.


A Social Experience

While debating is an adversarial encounter, it is also a friendly encounter and a great opportunity to meet and learn together with students from other schools.


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