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The Cambodia International Debate & Public Speaking Championship Series (CamDEBATE) is a premier platform for professional development in public speaking and debate, cultivating a healthy culture of dialogue and the sharing of different perspectives to promote and foster understanding, friendship and knowledge among youth in Cambodia.

Established in 2019 by IDP Education, a world leader in international education and student placement services, with the support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Information and the British Embassy and partnership with key institutions in Cambodia and internationally.

CamDEBATE 2024 attracts more than 900 contestants representing 9 nationalities from more than 200 schools and universities across Cambodia. It concluded with the final round in May 2024, when the 16 finalists showcased their skills in front of a packed audience of 1,500 participants.

CamDEBATE seeks to facilitate the open exchange of ideas among Cambodian students and is committed to encouraging and promoting civil discourse. Contestants will have the opportunity to engage in a series of exchanges of views in a dynamic atmosphere, from the initial Audition Round to the Final Round. Accordingly, they will explore and acquire extensive knowledge on important local and international issues.

CamDEBATE aims to provide:
An opportunity for individuals who wish to engage in debate and public speaking in English to increase their fluency and showcase their proficiency.
An opportunity to develop important skills that benefit participants’ academic journeys, personal development and career prospects.
An occasion to independently learn, research and form opinions on complex topics that will contribute to the development of well-rounded individuals.
A networking opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds and nationalities.
A platform to support the development of problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills among Cambodian students.

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Check out the video highlights of the 2023 CamDEBATE Championship Series, showcasing how CamDEBATE can truly enrich contestants’ experience: