PDWC 2024 Online Debate High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference & Competition


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Aim of the Event
As part of the WakuPro Foundation’s International Friendship Program, the purpose of PDWC is to:
1. Exchange diverse views through debate, and foster friendships that will serve as a foundation for building a peaceful world
2. Introduce to each other the history and culture of each of their regions of the world, foster mutual respect and understanding and embrace diversity while enjoying themselves
3. Learn more about Japan and enjoy Japanese culture and tradition
Students who participate in the conference can also apply to become Youth Ambassadors the next year; they can participate as conference staff and further develop their leadership skills.

About the Debates
WakuPro's goal through debate is to provide opportunities for students to learn communication skills, develop their ability to think globally by discussing various social issues, and acquire the listening and empathy skills necessary for next-generation leaders. By engaging in dialogue with other students, participants can make new connections from around the world and cultivate friendships that will last a lifetime. The debate portion of the event is facilitated by Debate Mate based in the United Kingdom.

About the Cultural Connect & Student Connect Activities
During the cultural and student connect activities, participants take the time to deepen their understanding of cultural backgrounds, deepening friendships with friends, and further utilizing the communication skills they have developed at the conference to make possible a peaceful and bright future for the next generation. They also experience fun, interactive events that will help spread the culture and charm of Japan to the world. At PDWC we place great value on creating opportunities for participants to form deep connections. To this end, we strongly encourage students to attend all of the various social and cultural sessions throughout the event.

Application Details

How to apply

How to apply

Please apply from the application form  found in your announcement email.

  1. Complete application form

①  School name (& country name)

②  First and last name (of all 3 participants)

③  Age (of all 3 participants)

④  Grade (of all 3 participants)

⑤  Name of accompanying teacher

⑥  Contact of accompanying teacher (email/phone number)

*Note: Please ensure that the accompanying teacher sends the application.

We will not accept applications from students.


Application Period & Team Selection

Application period: 1st November (Wed) – 15th November (Wed) 2023

Announcement of participating schools: 25th November (Sat) 2023

Method of announcement: email to accompanying teachers and PDWC website

Schedule (Tentative)

1/29 (Mon) 9:00   9:30  Zoom Connection Test 1
1/30 (Tue) 16:00 16:30  Zoom Connection Test 2
1/31 (Wed) 10:00 10:30  Zoom Connection Test 3
19:00 19:30  Zoom Connection Test 4
2/1 (Thu) 22:00 22:30  Zoom Connection Test 5
2/3 (Sat) 17:00 18:00  Opening Ceremony
18:30 20:30  Debate Training Group 1
21:00 23:00    School Introductions 1
2/4 (Sun) 9:00 11:00  Cultural Connect Activity 1
16:00 18:00    School Introductions 2
21:00 23:00  Debate Training Group 2
2/5 (Mon) 16:00 18:00  Debate Event 1 (Mixed Debate)
19:30 20:30    Student Connect Activity 1
21:00 23:00  Debate Round 1 Group 1
2/6 (Tue) 17:00 19:00  Debate Round 1 Group 2
21:00 23:00  Debate Event 2 (Mixed Debate)
2/7 (Wed) 18:00 20:00  Debate Round 2 Group 1
20:30 22:30  Debate Round 2 Group 2
2/8 (Thu) 17:30 19:30  Debate Round 3 Group 1
20:00 21:00    Student Connect Activity 2
21:30 23:30  Debate Round 3 Group 2
2/9 (Fri) 17:00 19:00  Semi-Final Debate Round
21:30 22:30    Student Connect Activity 3
2/10 (Sat) 10:00 12:00  Cultural Connect Activity 2
16:00 17:00    Student Connect Activity 4
17:00 19:00  Final Debate Round
19:00 20:00  Closing Ceremony

Note: Schedule is subject to changes.
All times are in Japan Standard Time (JST)


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