The Great Debaters Contest is a debate show that drives conversations about factors affecting the young people. It provides a forum for them to intellectually tackle matters of national, continental and global importance with the hope that they can contribute to the making of policies that shape our society and change the world views of young viewers and listeners.
The Great Debaters Contest was launched in September 2010 the dusty grounds of Olympic High School. It has since grown from 4 schools to 14 schools in 2011, over 32 schools participating in 2012, over 60 schools in 2013, well over 130 schools in 2014 over 300 schools participating in 2015 and over 700 coming on board in 2016.
In October 2012 the Great Debaters Contest started airing on Citizen TV as a weekly show every Saturday morning. In 2014 the demand from the public to have the platform move all over the country saw an increase in the number participants hence the number of episodes, this saw the television show move from a single weekly episode to daily episodes on KBC from Monday to Friday at 6.20 pm
In 2015, the United Nations department for Economic and Social Affairs estimated that there were 226 million youth aged 15-24 living in Africa, accounting for 19 per cent of the global youth population. By 2030, it is projected that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 per cent.
Mahatma Gandhi says, “We must be the change that we want to see in the world.” He believed that if we change how we think then we would change how we feel and what actions we take and so the world around us would change. The Great Debaters Contest aims to change the African narrative from the “dark continent” to one of prosperity and unimaginable growth through rewriting the African story by enlightening young minds.