About Debate Mate

Debate Mate is a unique, international educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility using cost-effective peer-to-peer debate mentoring.

We run after school debating clubs in areas of high child poverty, facilitated by students at the best universities, which give disadvantaged young people the skills they need to become exceptional young leaders – confidence, interpersonal communication skills and higher order thinking.

We have a strong global presence, operating programmes in Nepal, Africa, Jamaica, the Middle East, and the United States.

We also run bespoke workshops for teachers looking to integrate debating into their classrooms and specialised training for students who want to “debate like a world champion.”

By teaching debating through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower and inspire participants and provide them with powerful role models to raise their aspirations.


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Kev Partners

What's being said about Debate Mate

Where would I be without Debate Mate? Probably in a gang, on the streets.

Dangelo Former Debate Mate student

Debate Mate... is having a remarkable impact in helping teenagers express their ideas clearly, confidently and reasonably, skills which ought to be at the heart of modern education.

Lord Adonis Minister of State for Education, 2005 - 2008

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Can Mezzanine
32-36 Loman Street
London SE1 0EH

020 7922 8007