International Child Day

Today, the 20th of November, we’re celebrating International Child Day as designated by the UN! ๐ŸŽ‰ This special day shines a spotlight on empowering young minds and addressing the global challenges they face. ๐ŸŒ At Debate Mate, we’re thrilled to share the incredible work we do with so many inspiring young individuals…

๐Ÿ’ฌ Did you know that Debate Mate has a charitable arm, Debate Mate Schools?Here’s how it came about…

Back in 2008, frustrated by profound educational inequality across UK schools, barrister Margaret McCabe founded the charity Debate Mate Schools.

The problem? The UK has one of the lowest rates of social mobility amongst OECD countries.

Her solution? To empower young people with the essential future skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century world, irrespective of social class or financial background.

Inspired by the way debating transformed her own daughter Scarlett McCabeโ€™s confidence and communication skills, Debate Mateโ€™s award-winning debate-led methodology was born.๐Ÿ†

Debate Mate Schools enlists top university mentors to teach after-school debating clubs in areas with high educational disadvantage, typically in schools with an above-average number of children in receipt of free school meals.

Since its inception, the charity has successfully taught over 25,000 young people to debate in the UK, USA, Jamaica, Nepal, Dubai, Doha, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea and Israel.

Fast forward to today and our for-profit arm extends the same crucial skills training to professionals in the corporate world and young people all over the globe through our virtual clubs.

โค๏ธ Our social purpose has remained firmly at the heart of what we do. Profits from Debate Mate’s commercial work are used to power social change through our charity. So, every dollar, euro, yen or bitcoin spent on training, not only benefits your staff but also supports our charitable partner – so you can check your CSR and L&D targets!  ๐Ÿ‘

On this International Youth Day, we want to take a moment to celebrate all of the incredible young people we work with. ๐ŸŒˆWeโ€™re dedicated to helping the next generation fulfil their potential and thrive in a rapidly changing world of work. Our passion for youth empowerment drives everything we do because we believe in their ability to change the world! ๐ŸŒŽ