Benefits of Debating

Debating SA seeks to encourage and develop in young people the following:

Thinking and research skills

  • Analytical thinking skills.
  • The ability to think clearly under pressure.
  • A strong sense of curiosity and a love of learning about issues and the world around them.
  • An ability to gather and evaluate information from a range of sources.
  • Informed exchange of ideas.
  • Initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively.

Communication skills

  • Coherent and confident expression of ideas in collaboration with teammates.
  • The ability to coherently and convincingly argue a point of view for their team, which they may not personally support.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Word power and strength of language.

Social skills

  • Self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • A sense of understanding, tolerance and acceptance of different views on issues.
  • Respect of the right of others to hold differing and alternative ideas.


  • Generosity of spirit between participants, across all school sectors.
    Teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • Valuing participation more than the outcome.
  • A sense of responsibility to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
    The ability to respond appropriately to constructive feedback.