Last night Deutsche Bank hosted the Debate Mate Cup Final in Winchester House. This year, the competition that has been supported by the Bank for a second year, reached a record 2,500 students from UK state secondary schools, engaging them in the technique of debate.
The final, chaired by BBC and Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, saw competing teams from Bridge Academy, Hackney and Central Foundation Boys School, East London debate the motion: “This house would allow the use of torture in the interest of national security.” Central Foundation Boys School were announced the winner, who had been co-mentored by George Asampong, one of our employee volunteers on the programme.
With the help of student mentors from the UK’s top universities, Debate Mate, organise after school debating clubs in areas of high child poverty in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham, to develop confidence, interpersonal communication and higher order thinking in club members. Last year participating students improved their speaking and listening skills three times the expected level against curriculum measures. Deutsche Bank’s support enables Debate Mate’s largest competition: the Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup.
Jeremy Quin, Managing Director, UK Regional Management, presented the winning team with their trophy and explained his support for the charity: “‘Debate Mate encourages understanding and builds interpersonal skills, it helps give kids the confidence they need to succeed in education, in work and in life. It is a privilege to support the competition.”
Deutsche Bank’s support of Debate Mate is part of the Bank’s youth engagement programme Born to Be, which aims to break the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention.