EAC Secretariat, Arusha – The 2nd EAC University Students’ Debate on regional integration is set for next week, September 2 and 3 at the at Belmont Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The debate will be under the theme: “Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges arising from the EAC Integration for Youth in East Africa”.
It aims at promoting continuous dialogue among the youth and to interest them in advocating for regional integration initiatives.
The debate is expected to bring together representatives from academia, private sector, civil society, media and technocrats from the East African region who will listen on and make their comments on the strength of the deliberations and make recommendations on the way forward on future debates.
Six participants from each EAC partner state are drawn from national universities, both public and private and other institutions of higher learning. They will choose to be either on the opposition or proposition side.
The face-off will be moderated by three judges with expertise on the specific area of discussion on the overall area of EAC and political integration.
The two-day function will be crowned with a gala dinner, during which the best debaters will be presented with awards and also appointed EAC Youth Ambassadors 2013/2014 with an obligation to spearhead peer-to-peer learning in their respective universities in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat and EAC Ministries in the partner states.
The East African Community Youth Summit on EAC Integration and Development Processes held in Arusha, Tanzania November 2 and 3, 2007 set the precedent for youth participation in the EAC integration.
The summit acknowledged that information and education on regional integration and development is fundamental for enhancement and sustainability of integration.
Then, the youth called upon the EAC Secretariat to engage young people as partners to reach out to their peers on issues of EAC Integration and processes which would empower high-level skills needed to drive national and regional development.
The pioneer debate attracted over 100 students and 15 lecturers from public, private and other higher institutions of learning.
In addition, the debate also brought together representation from private sector, civil society, media, technocrats and academia.