Debate Mate - Supported by Rafael Berber and RP Capital Group
What is Debate Mate?
Founded by Margaret McCabe, Debate Mate is an educational organisation that offers stimulating youth centered programmes in deprived areas in the United Kingdom. With the goal of improving social mobility for youths from underprivileged areas, Debate Mate provides vital support to young people who would otherwise not have had this opportunity for personal growth. This is achieved through running afternoon debating clubs in collaboration with students from top universities.
Results Driven Programmes
Debate Mate activities improve thinking, confidence levels, communication skills and self-esteem by encouraging youths to speak and debate publicly. This improves their chances of finding employment and enriches their lives. The clubs also offer training workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring and custom workshops for teachers interested in incorporating debating into their classrooms.
After the initial success in the United Kingdom, Debate Mate now operates in several other countries and has programmes underway in the United States, Africa, Nepal, the Middle East and Jamaica. Sponsorship from companies like RP Capital Group makes it possible for Debate Mate to continue its global expansion.
The importance of the work that Debate Mate does is recognised by the organisation's corporate sponsors through various sponsorship and funding initiatives. Support is given by subsidising schools that lack funding to take part in the programme, sponsoring competitions, volunteering at after-school clubs, giving talks and hosting fundraising events. Rafael Berber believes that Debate Mate is playing a significant role in helping young people to find their inner strength and to become future leaders.