After four rounds of debate (held 24 July to 14 August), the Generation of Democracy debate series has reached the semifinal stage. The four teams who have made it to this stage are Ak-Shumkar, Bir Bol, Onuguu-Progress, and SDPK. The semifinals, which will be broadcast online, will decide the teams who will compete in the final on 6 September.
The debates will be held in the format of a political debate; both teams will debate on a pre-defined topic. Each team will comprise of four members (three speakers and one reserve) and two experts on the subject of the debate will award one vote each. The third vote will be decided by the audience through online voting.
The first semifinal will take place on 22 August at 15:00 between Onuguu-Progress and SDPK. The two teams will debate on ‘The use of renewable energy source in the economy of Kyrgyzstan’.
The second semifinal will take place on 23 August at 15:00 between Ak-Shumkar and Bir Bol. The two teams will debate on the ‘Improvements of urban infrastructure’.
Both semifinals will be broadcast on kloop.kg’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
The objectives of Generation Democracy’s political debates are to promote a culture of constructive dialogue among political parties, aid the development of participants’ public speaking skills, nurture a new generation of young leaders who are able to think critically, improve youth’s understanding of political parties’ ideologies, and provide a platform for political parties’ youth wings to convey their ideas to a wider audience. Seven teams took part in the qualifying rounds – Ak-Shumkar, Ata-Meken, Bir Bol, Democract, Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, Onuguu-Progress, and SDPK. Over 3,300 people have so far taken part in the online voting.