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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open Communication Serbia organised the Decemberac tournament for freshers from high school and university debating on the 21st and 22nd of December 2013. A total of 56 debaters participated and 21 experienced judges from the Open Communication's university network provided feedback and a great learning opportunitiy to the new debaters that had started at the beginning of the academic year.
The Association for for Creative Communication and Debate (ACCD) in Serbia organised a two-day tournament for elementary and secondary school students in Belgrade on the 30th of November and 1st of December 2013. The students debated on the affirmative and opposing sides of the motion that "the state should keep young people in the country." Between each round, the teachers participated in workshops.