Students’ Debates Part 1 (35 – 40 minutes)
What assurances should China provide UN member states regarding the economic, humanitarian, and environmental sustainability of the Belt & Road Initiative?
- Subgroup brainstorming (8-10 minutes)
Ask students to gather with other students from their Bloc. Share their thoughts and brainstorm a debate strategy. Each student should be prepared to share a one-sentence summary of their country’s position for role call at the beginning whole-class debate.
- Whole class discussion/debate (20-30 minutes)
- One person should serve as debate moderator. This could be a student with Model UN experience, or the teacher.
- Roll Call: The moderator should call roll, allowing each delegate to state their country name and a one-sentence summary of their position. The thesis statement from their position paper would be a reasonable summary of their position.
- Debate: Allow students to debate the merits of the BRI. Try to ensure that somewhat equal time is spent on the three major parts of the debate question: economic, humanitarian, and environmental issues.
Part 2: Debate Summary (6 – 8 minutes)
Debrief with students on debate. Possible questions to discuss with them:
What aspects of this assignment did you find difficult?
What did you learn from researching and debating this topic?
What is your own perspective on the Belt & Road Initiative?