Invitation to Fifth International Middle School Debate Tournament Slovenia

Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga and Primary  school Lava Celje,  Slovenia kindly invite middle school debaters to participate at the FIFTH   INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE TOURNAMENT SLOVENIA, which will happen  15th and 16th   March  2013   in Celje.

Basic information: For the debaters aged 12 to 14. Teams should be accompanied by at least one judge per two teams.

Debate format: Karl Popper, 3 persons team,  cross examination, first speeches are 5 minutes, second and third 4  minutes, cross examination 2 minutes, preparation time 10 minutes per team

Tournament will be power paired, 5 debate rounds – 3 on the prepared motions and two  on the »impromptu«, semi-finals and finals. Tournament will start on Friday at 14.00 and finishes on Saturday evening. Please, check the tentative tournament schedule at the end of this message.

Debate motions

Governments should put a limit on individual energy use.

Disney should make an animated motion picture with a clearly gay protagonist.

Accomodation:   Participants can be accomodated in home stays or in Hostel – Mladinski center Celje,

Please, identify clearly in the application forms which accomodation are you chosing.   

Registration fee:

-         30 EUR for the ones who will be in home stays, it covers the tournament costs including lunches on Friday and Saturday.

-         100 EUR for the ones who want to be in Hostel – Mladinski center Celje,  it covers 3 nights – Thursday, Friday, Saturday – in two bed rooms with breakfast  and  tournament costs including Friday and Saturday lunches. (In case you want a single room, an additonal fee is needed.)

Registration fee should be paid in cash upon arrival or paid via bank transfer, if you prefer it – contact us for the bank details.

Arrival/Departures: We do expect teams from other countries to arrive  on Thursday and leave on Sunday. If you are from neighbouring countries you can also come on Friday morning and leave on Saturday evening.  However, if some teams would like to come earlier, you are more than welcome to come. You will be guests of middle school debate clubs, visiting their schools, participating in debates at the school as the preparation for the tournament. Your host will also make sure you will have some time for sightseeing and  having great time.  You will go to the tournament together with debaters from your host debate club..

REGISTRATION IS OPEN TODAY We encourage you not to wait with the applications. Please, fill the  application form which you can find it in the attachment  and send it as soon as possible to   The registration closes on Februry 15th.

All the information about the tournament, please, adress to Bojana Skrt to all the information about the home stays, transport to Celje … to the debate  coach from OŠ Lava Janja  Rozman at

Looking forward meeting you in Celje,

Bojana Skrt

Director Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga



Friday, 15th March 2013.

13.00 –  14.00 Lunch and registration

14.00  Opening and judging briefing

14.30  First round, prepared

16.00 Second debate round, prepared 

17.30 Announcement of impromptu motion

18.30 Third debate round, impromptu 

Saturday, 16th of March 2013

9.00  Fourth debate round, prepared

11.00 Announcement of impromptu motion

12.00  Fifth debate round 

13.15 – 14.00  Lunch

14.30  Semi finals

16.30 Finals and closing ceremony 

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