Vision & Objectives 


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 attracted over 700 applications from over 100 high schools and universities, representing six different nationalities including Cambodian, Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Malaysian and French. The final round competition in August 2019 welcomed over 1,200 participants who witnessed the top 20 young talented Cambodians and Filipinos.

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 and young professionals.


What makes CamDEBATE special?

Before competing in the Audition Round, all contestants will receive 3 training sessions related to public speaking and debate skills while winners from each round will continue to receive more training and mentoring sessions facilitated by experienced trainers from the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) and other CamDEBATE institution partners. The training aims to improve contestants' confidence when speaking in public and to equip them with necessary skills for their future careers, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving and leadership skills.

What are the prizes?

The champion teams of the Debate category and the champions of the Public Speaking category (total of 8 winners) will be awarded a two-week study tour experience to the UK and other prizes: trophies, medals, winner’s plague certificates, scholarships to study at ACE and other gifts. Runners-up (total of 8 finalists) will also be awarded: medals, plague certificates, scholarships to study at ACE, bicycles, Digital Playbooks and other gifts.

Applications for CamDEBATE are opened for the 2023 competition from 1st December 2022 to 14th January 2023. Visit the CamDEBATE Facebook page for more information.

If you wish to get notified when the applications are open, fill out your info HERE.

See you at the CamDEBATE Championship 2023.

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