Debate Workshops for Schoolchildren in Issyk-Ata and Suzak Districts

IDEA CA has recently worked with high school students in Issyk-Ata district (Chui Province) and Suzak district (Jalalabad Province) to teach them about how to open and manage debate clubs at school, as well as general information about debate.

Students from grades 7-11 from five schools in five locations in Issyk-Ata (Kochkorbayev, Luxemburg, Novopokrovka, Uzun-Kyr, and Yurievka) and five schools in five locations in Suzak (Bagysh, Kurmanbek, Kyzyl-Tuu, Tash-Bulak, and Yryz) took part in the workshops. The workshops focused on how to manage a debate club, including how to recruit new members and coordinate activities with other school debate clubs. The participants also improved their ability to think critically and speak publically thanks to debate itself.


Beksultan Rustamov, the project coordinator, commented, “We used debate as a tool to teach the students about critical thinking and constructive argumentation, as well as public speaking. This stage of the project is very important because it provides the basis for the students to manage their own clubs. This enables them to learn how to take responsibility and develop their leadership qualities.”

IDEA CA’s ‘Youth and Child Friendly Kyrgyzstan’ project is being implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and supported by the British Embassy to Kyrgyzstan.