The Importance of Debating.
The cornerstone of all functioning democracies is the ability of its citizens to engage in critical analysis; to conceive, articulate and defend rational, reasoned arguments based on compelling evidence. Debating equips young people with the skills to analyse important issues, get to grips with complex material and formulate an argument which they are then able to put across persuasively. Key to this is the development of debaters' confidence, poise and communication skills, as well as their ability to respond to rebuttal and defend their point of view. These tools are essential to become active participants in society, and help students to obtain employment or further education.
Our vision and mission are born out of the ideals and values of Tore Eikeland. Tore was a passionate speaker and youth activist in Norway, concerned with social and developmental issues at home and in Africa. In 2011, Tore was tragically killed in the massacre on the island of Utøya in Norway. In Tore’s short life he played a part in national and international politics far beyond his years. We aim to give his ideas a voice and to enact the life-changing vision he has left behind.
Dr Samantha Kriger (PhD) – Director of Curriculum Development
Sam grew up in Athlone in the Cape Flats and completed her studies at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. She is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. She has been actively involved with teaching in schools for 27 years. Her research and practice includes teacher education, teaching practice within the South African school context and educational inequality within schools.
Nolitha January – Operations Manager
Nolitha January has over five years of experience in programme and operations management in the NGO/NPO space. She herself was a beneficiary of NGO/NPO initiatives during her high school years which has inspired her to work with youth as a way of giving back. After leaving school she was selected to participate in an intercultural exchange in Germany for a year, where she worked at an NGO that assisted people with disabilities. Nolitha has a BA in Health Sciences and Social Services (Psychology Major). She has also completed courses in Applied Psychology, Communication and Leadership and Management.
Our Team is assisted by a group of trained facilitators who run the debating programme in selected schools and assist with the debating competitions.
We are grateful for the contribution and commitment
of our generous supporters and partners.
The Kavli Trust owns Norway’s Kavli Food Group, and all profits which are not required for their management and continued business development, are distributed by the trust for humanitarian causes, research and culture. Charitable works are not simply part of its business, but its entire purpose. Tore’s Foundation is immensely grateful to the Kavli Trust for its generous support in our early years and, without whom, it would not have been possible to be now making such a significant difference to the lives and aspirations of our students, instilling in them the democratic values espoused by Tore Eikeland and the Kavli Trust.
Stellenbosch Business School
We are very proud to be selected as partners by Stellenbosch Business School as part of their Social Impact Programme. They define social impact as: The evaluable change in outcomes caused directly or indirectly by Stellenbosch Business School, intended or otherwise, over a measured period of time.
Being selected as partner is, therefore, a huge vote of confidence in and support for what Tore’s Foundation does and what it is seeking to achieve. As their head of social impact, Dr Armand Bam has said: