Pupils from around the UK who are keen to take part in a national debating competition exploring geo-political and environmental issues, can now register their interest.

The Jabuji Debate for 16-18 year-olds will be held at Eton College next March 2016, run by the not-for-profit organisation Voices for Nature and sponsored by Blackwell’s of Oxford.

From the submitted entries, 32 students will be chosen to take part in the national final. They will join workshops to develop their skills, followed by a series of mini-debates and run-offs, with a formal debate between the final two teams in the new Jafar Hall that evening. A vote will decide the winners.

The aim of the competition is to encourage young people to consider environmental and geo-political issues and improve their debating skills. A specially written novel Jabujicaba will be used as a basis to inspire lines of thought and constructive arguments.

Pupils can register their interest in the competition from now via the Jabujicaba website. The competition is open for entries from September 14 and the shortlist will be announced in January 2016, ahead of the competition in March.