International Panel to Select Cambodia Champions in CamDEBATE Public Speaking & Debate Final

Thousands of Participants attend the CamDEBATE Final 2023

One of Asia's biggest Public Speaking and Debate contests is nearing the final stage, scheduled for May 19, 2024, at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), in Phnom Penh.

This year, CamDEBATE hosted more than 900 contestants, representing 9 nationalities, aged between 15 and 23 years old, from over 200 schools and universities across Cambodia. After a series of audition and elimination rounds taking place since March, 16 finalists will now advance to the final round, with thousands of attendees in support.

CamDEBATE is a premiere platform for Professional Development in Public Speaking and Debate, cultivating a healthy culture of dialogue between participants and the sharing of different perspectives to promote and foster understanding, friendship and knowledge among local and international youths in Cambodia.

Hosted by IDP Education, the world’s leading provider of international education and student placement services, and in partnership with key institutions in Cambodia and abroad, CamDEBATE offers a platform for promoting problem-solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills for young people across the region.

The contest provides an opportunity for individuals interested in debating and public speaking in English to enhance their fluency, showcase their proficiency and develop vital skills that contribute to their academic pathways, career prospects, personal growth and lifelong pathways.

Eight winners will be awarded a two-week study tour to the United Kingdom, supported by Stafford House of CATS Global Schools, as well as trophies, medals, certificates, scholarships at the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) and many more prizes.

Previous CamDEBATE champions after winning an all-expenses paid, two-week study tour in the UK. 

Sreng Mao, ACE and IDP Country Director, who is founder and convener of the CamDEBATE series, highlighted that the competition is not just an event – it is a catalyst for personal and academic growth, driven by a series of training sessions and competitions.

"It's not just about winning; it's about nurturing a dialogue culture, deepening understanding and gaining a broader perspective on different situations and topics. Moreover, it inspires individuals to critically engage with both local and global issues, shaping the leaders of tomorrow," he added.

CamDEBATE 2024 partner organizations include the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT), the British Embassy in Cambodia, Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), Australian Centre for Education (ACE), IDP IELTS, Stafford House International and CATS Global Schools, RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin College and University, Macquarie University, alongside more than 200 schools and universities from across Cambodia.

Participants meet local and international exhibitors at the CamDEBATE Final Round 2023. 

The CamDEBATE finale, accessible through ticketed entry, marks a significant milestone, honoring the collective efforts and contributions of contestants, participants, partners, sponsors, crews, and volunteers in making the 2024 Annual CamDEBATE Championship an overwhelming success.

For entry tickets and/or partnership opportunities, please reach out to the CamDEBATE Secretariat: or 086 778 759.

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