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IDEA Central Asia BP format debate training program begins
Submitted by Alexander Cavell on 12 July 2012
Today marks the start of IDEA Central Asia's first intensive British Parliamentary format training program. Over 4 days from 12 to 15 July 30 young debaters from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan will study international standarts of British Parliamentary debating and engage in workshops and practice debates that will develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills.
The program is designed to begin the process of integrating Central Asia's active and enthusiastic debating societies into the international debating community. IDEA CA also hopes to build on the work that the region's debaters have been doing to address the exclusion of Central Asian youth from politics and civil society.
IDEA UK's Alexander Cavell and IDEA CA's Nurlan Abdaliev are leading the training program, alongside two IDEA certified debate trainers - Sherzod Abdujabborov (Tajikistan) and Talant Smailov (Kyrgyzstan).
Trainees discuss their experiences
All of the trainee debaters participating in the programme are keen to return to their own communities and debate societies, in order to share their experience and newfound knowledge of international debate standards.
Speaking to idebate.org, Ruslan Kiimbaev, a participant from Kazakhstan, said that Central Asia's debaters interpret the rules of the British parliamentary format in a number of different ways. He hopes the training program will help CA's debaters to overcome the regional differences that currently seperate their clubs and societies. Chinara Isabaeva, a debater from Kyrgyzstan, agrees with Ruslan, supporting the idea of bringing together Central Asian countries around an internationalised set of rules and principles.
Jahongir Zabirov from Tajikistan told idebate.org about his ambitions to participate in the World University Debate Championship. He sees the training program as the first step on the way to debating on an international level. He believes WUDC principles will help him to improve the quality of debate training and tournaments in Tajikistan.
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