For a third year in a row, the Slovak Debate Association (SDA) teamed up with a group of young Czech and Slovak enthusiasts, many of them Oxford students and alumni, to deliver a week-long training event for high school students from the two republics. Over a hundred of them participated in the 2013 “Discover” summer academy, held August 4-11 in Podskalie, Slovakia.

February 05, 2014

Our first debating tournament featuring mixed teams made up of Greek and Macedonian youth took place on 19-20 December in Skopje. The tournament, part of the idebateEU project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, was organised by the Youth Educational Forum and the Debating Society of Greece with the support of IDEA UK.

January 27, 2014

The Bosnian organisation Centar za Kultura Dijaloga (CCD) was founded in 1997 and from the beginning set out to promote debate and democratic values through open-minded and well-argued discussions. They have faced difficulties due to their focus on tolerance and open debate, but at the same time have reached out to over 20,000 young people in all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

January 22, 2014

Macedonian society is not always open to debate in the public discourse, whether it be on policies, values or fact.  This is one of the reasons why the Youth Educational Forum  (YEF) was founded, and why it promotes debate and critical thinking skills with considerable success among university and high school students across the country. Reaching out to the adult population has proven harder, and that is why YEF started the annual event Argument: Organised Expression in 2010.

January 20, 2014

Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been in a dispute over the right to use the name Macedonia ever since the former Yugoslav’s republic’s declaration of independence in 1991. It was only apt, therefore, that the Macedonia Youth Educational Forum (YEF), Debating Society of Greece (DSG) and IDEA UK called their cooperation event “Tournament without a name”.

January 20, 2014

The Macedonia Youth Educational Forum (YEF) organised a Training for judges for thirty high school and university students in Skopje on the 14th and 15th of September. The participants had been part of debate clubs for at least two years and many had been assistant-coaches before. The training consisted of four lectures on debate philiosophies, the Karl Popper debate format rules, speaker roles and advanced strategy, a demonstration debate and a discussion of the judging decision.

January 20, 2014

The Lithuanian organisation Educational Debate Centre (EDC) organised the national debate championship for high school students in the Santoros School in Vilnius on the 18th of October 2013. The tournament focused on youth unemployment in Europe and EU expansion policies.

January 17, 2014

The Bosnian organisation Centar za Kulturu Dijaloga (CCD) organised local competitions and trainings on the justice system and youth violence in four different cities in November 2013. The trainings and comeptition reached out to established debate schools and new schools and had a total of 212 high school and university students participating. 

January 14, 2014

The Bosnian organisation Centar za Kulturu Dijaloga (CCD) organised a training program and competition about peer violence for high school students and their teachers across the country from December 6 until December 8, 2013. The teachers and students participated in a series of workshops to get basic knowledge about the subject and about debate.

January 14, 2014

Young people feel they lack a free space for discussion on the internet where their opinions are not belittled, or discussion stopped through insults, trolling, or bullying.

January 14, 2014

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