On 14 and 15 February 2018, Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJNA) in collaboration with Governance for Africa will be hosting the first national students debate on tax justice in Rwanda. The meet, which is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Save the Children, will take place in the capital city of Kigali and will bring together 16 students from eight universities from across the country.
The debate follows a series of successful student debates held across East and Southern Africa, with the first ever students debate on tax justice held in Kampala, Uganda in 2016. The main purpose of this event is to engage young people across Africa on socio-economic issues and specifically to give them an opportunity to deliberate various concepts around tax justice.
The top two teams from the debate will then represent the country at the next EAC students debate on tax justice.
There will be eight universities participating in the debate, with each university represented by two students. The adjudicators of the debate will come from the universities, that is, the chaperones of the different teams will act as judges and steps shall be taken to ensure that there is no bias. Adjudicators will be provided with Adjudicator guidelines and the marking sheet that will be tabled at the end of each session.
On the afternoon of Feb 15th, TJN-A will also launch the Stop the Bleeding Campaign in Rwanda, with national youth presentation of commitments to the campaign, a students Tax Justice play and a performance by a local artist.
You can follow the debate on Twitter through #students4taxjustice and #TJDebate.