Parallel to its online outreach campaigns, The Munathara initiative works closely with local and regional civil society organisations. Munathara’s certified outreach debate trainers provide on the ground training sessions to participants across the world, especially focusing on marginalised and rural areas.
The training curriculum invites trainees to learn the value of debate, how to constructively discuss divergent opinions, and how to shape public discourse. At the end of each session, participants are invited to submit a speech in the form of a 99-second video in response to a proposed Munathara competition debate motion.
The winners on each side of the Musabaqua are invited to partner with a policymaker and engage in a live televised debate that is broadcasted throughout the Arabic speaking world. With millions of viewers, the debates amplify the voices of previously unheard members of society. Munathara’s live shows are one of the few civil society-run political talk programs on Arabic television.