Students and youth are an important voice when it comes to planning for the future and DRI believes that they have a significant role to play in the reform debates. DRI organises debates and student competitions to empower youth to play a visible role in the decision-making process. Students also have opportunities to meet with government officials to discuss reform proposals and pitch their own ideas.
In 2017, DRI hosted seventeen rounds of debate over eight different cities. The topic for each debate round was linked to current political reforms, from constitutional reform to reform of the judiciary. The students received information on the selected political reform topic and were trained in debating, problem-solving and argumentation to prepare them for the debates.