關於香港學界辯論聯會(HKSDF)

聯會介紹:

香港學界辯論聯會由一眾前辯員共同創立,旨在為學界設辦一個公平、公正、公開的辯論教育平台。於訊息紛亂、迷霧重重的時代當中,辯論教育尤其重要,一為捍衛言論自由,二為提升一眾學子的批判思維能力,為公民社會注入理性思辨動力,更重要的是培養出能以理服人,明辨是非的下一代。

香港學界辯論聯會辦賽的主要目標如下:

1. 辯員自主、學界參與

由來自不同界別的前辯員聯手,一切從辯員的角度出發,提供開放平台討論任何議題,拒絕政治審查,捍衛言論及學術自由;每一位辯賽持份者及參賽者均可參與辯題和賽制的制定和修改過程。

2. 持續革新、與時並進

為香港學界辯論注入源源動力,借鑑不同地區賽事,持續將新元素引入學界,打破傳統壟斷,拒絕一成不變的制度,向封閉式的辦賽模式與賽事說不。

3. 專業把關、培育精英

前辯員以外,邀請不同界別的學者、機構、組織作專業把關,提升賽事的學術水平和培訓成效,透過辦賽培育年青議事精英。

4. 學以致用、回饋社會

自主報導學界賽事、以專業角度撰寫賽後評論,融入更多時政參與元素,延續和擴大辯員從辯論比賽中所得的學習效益,更讓公眾有更多機會接觸及認識辯論之意義。

5. 開拓想像、探索世界

興辦工作坊、講座及研討會、探討世界各地的辯論發展,促進本地學界與外地接洽及國際交流。

 

全港中學學界辯論比賽特色簡介:

1. 普及辯論:邀請全港中學參賽,不設名額上限;賽評及賽事報導讓辯賽與普羅大眾接軌。

2. 學界參與:辯題將由參賽學校與聯會共同制定;賽制設計著重每位辯員的臨場反應。

3. 循序漸進:賽事難度跟隨晉級圈數逐漸提升,有利辯隊與辯員適應賽制,挑戰自我。

4. 專業評審:由前辯員及有辯論經驗的學者及社會人士擔任賽事評判,確保賽果專業公正。

5. 持續學習:賽事期間加入賽評及工作坊等環節,提升辯論教育效益;同時設有負方賽,增加隊伍的出賽及學習機會。

6. 彰顯成果:賽事設最佳辯論員,最有價值辯論員等獎項;大型決賽舞台,傳媒報導賽事,正面回報辯員的努力付出。

Introducing HKSDF

The Hong Kong Schools Debate Federation is co-founded by a group of former debaters. It aims to provide a transparent, fair and impartial debating platform for all schools in Hong Kong. In an age abounding with chaotic information and delusions, debate education activities are of paramount importance. To safeguard freedom of speech is one of the two causes.  Then comes the need to advance critical thinking skills of students, hence infusing our civic society with rational thinking ethos. It is hoped a new generation can be nurtured, who always see right from wrong and stand with reasons to convince others.

Our goals of hosting debate competition are as follows:-

1. Determined by debaters, participation in name of schools

Governed by former debaters of various sectors, this competition offers a debater-oriented platform facilitating discussion of all issues. No political censorship, all for the good of safeguarding freedom of speech and academic viewpoints.    Every stakeholder or participant has his voice in setting motions and rules, as well as making changes.

2. Sustaining reforms, progressing with time

This competition rejuvenates the long-standing debating activities among Hong Kong schools. With events across various zones, new elements can be introduced, breaking up conventional oligopolies. Age-old settings will be restructured, so be the events and rules that favor insiders only.

3. Checks by professionals, training for and towards elites

Apart from former debaters, this competition invites scholars, institutions and organizations of various sectors to oversee its structure. These checks help to enhance academic level of events and effectiveness of the virtual training that follows. The core aim is to foster young talented parliamentarians.

4. Study for the future, reciprocating society

News coverage and comments are to be taken up from professional perspectives. Elements pertaining to current affairs and social exposure will be included.  This learning experience will add to the accrued benefits for all participants. The general public can also learn more about and gain better exposure to the significance of debating activities.

5. Explore your senses, search for your world

Complementing the competition, there will be a series of workshops, talks and seminars on developments of debating activities around the world. The initiatives can promote cross country communication and exchanges with schools abroad.

Characteristics of this competition

1. Pervasive and for all. No upper limit is set for the number of participants. All secondary schools in Hong Kong will be invited.  Easy access by the general public is enabled through news coverage and post event comments.

2. Joint decisions by schools. Motions are set by both the Federation and all participating schools. Fixtures and rules are so designed as to emphasis reactions of debaters on spot.

3. Ascending challenges. Each eliminating round will come with tougher motions and rules, training up debaters in steps over time.

4. Appraisals by professionals. To ensure fairness, experienced academics, former debaters and social personalities will be invited as event judges.

5. Sustained learning. On-site comments and workshops will complement all events, further optimizing learning experience. Eliminated participants can re-enter the race again in “knock-out” groups.

6. Achievements manifested. Endorsement initiatives are in place: Best Debater. Most Valued Debater, Glamorous big stage for the final elimination round, media coverage, etc.