WELCOME TO KENYA NATIONAL DEBATE COUNCIL
Kenya National Debate Council (KNDC) is a non-profit organization founded in November 2010 by a group of young people drawn from different universities and other interested groups to revitalize intellectual and scholarly debates among the youth especially those in educational institutions.
KNDC brings together all debating clubs and associations in learning institutions. It oversees debate competitions, offer trainings and acts as a link between these clubs and other international debate organizations. In order for KNDC to achieve its goals and objectives, it engages in various events which include debate training and competitions, public speaking training and contests, and community service among other activities.
Pre-independence Kenya was marked by widespread atrocities on human life between the colonialists and the natives Mau Mau. By 1956, the Mau Mau rising was suppressed. During three meetings in 1960, 1962 and 1963 at the Lancaster House initiated structured engagements by some of Kenya’s great debaters that realized the end of 70 years of colonial rule and ushered in a new era of self rule.
Post-independence Kenya saw a decline in constructive debate as Kenya slipped into dictatorial tendencies in governance resulting in suppression of divergent opinion. The 1990s however witnessed the rebirth of constructive debates as a tool of engagements.
This set Kenya on a different course, characterized with highs and lows, and the biggest success yet the realization of the Kenya New Constitution – August 2010. This set out to correct various social, political, economic evils witnessed in Kenya dating back to independence.
The environment in the country however spells doom in the realization of the full benefits of the New Kenya Constitution – August 2010. The citizenry is divided majorly along tribal lines and political affiliations. The spirit of nationhood has drastically been eroded. Leadership is considered a preserve of the political class. “Constructive Debate” which almost singularly shaped the country Kenya, is the one item that has almost become a last option.