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|Started||2013 by Sano Sansar Initiative|
|Key People||Sagar Aryal, "Initiator"
Pradeep Raj Ghimire, "Tournament Director"
|Focus||Karl Popper Debating Championship|
Kathmandu Debates is a High School Debating Championship led by youth at the Sano Sansar Initiative. The program aims to provide a platform by which to encourage young people to engage in social, political, and sustainable economic development issues through use of positive aspects of debating.
The 2013 Kathmandu Debates commenced with Educational Tracks and focused on providing knowledge of debating in the Karl Popper Debating Championship Format to the students in Nepal. More than a hundred young, amateur students participated in the debate tournament, organized with support from the American Embassy in Kathmandu. Nepal is one of the countries mostly dependent on remittance. The finals of the debate consisted of the motion "THBT State should prioritize Foreign Investment to Labor Export as Major Economic Strategy". The final took place on February 07, 2013, the 7th Anniversary of Sano Sansar Initiative.
The Kathmandu Debates Tournament was organized in the KPDC (Karl Popper Debating Championship) Format. The teams are composed of four students, accompanied by a debate coach. Due to the lack of debating culture in Nepal and with KPDC being a new style of debate in Nepal, the 2013 Kathmandu Debates held a three day educational track for the students.
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