Twenty participants from the New Urban Collective in Amsterdam Bijlmer participated in a debate training and public debate on employment and education on Sunday the 16th of March. The participants from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds learned new debate skills and later grilled candidates for the local elections of March 19th.

March 17, 2014

The aula of the Gregorius College in Utrecht filled up with 60 students from the fourth grade during the morning of the 12th of March. They found a red and green paper on their chairs and information on the motions and the “Week of Money”.

March 13, 2014

Students of the Gregorius College in Utrecht will debate with each other and a panel of experts on financial problems among young people on Wednesday the 12th of March. Get down to debate with them about empty pockets in the national Week of Money.

Location: Van Asch van Wijkskade 20, 3512 VM Utrecht
Time: Wednesday 12 March, 9.15-11.00 CET

March 03, 2014

“Youth have all the conditions for launching successful start-ups in Macedonia” was the topic of the first debate of a series of public debates on youth and entrepreneurship in Macedonia held on February 27th in Skopje.

In front of around 60 youth from Macedonia, Dimitar Osmanli from Education center M6 was defending the motion, and Saso Trajkoski from ITC Group was opposing it.

February 28, 2014

Open Communication (OK) Serbia organised the “Little Debate School”: a series of debate seminars for high school students in December culminating in a public debate on healthy lifestyles and reproductive health on the 23rd of December. A total of 45 high school students took part in the four training sessions run by OK trainers. They covered argumentation, different debate formats and their rules, case building, debate preparation and how to structure speeches. An external expert discussed health issues with the students to better prepare them for the debate.

January 23, 2014

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.

January 22, 2014

The first of a series of debate masterclasses took place in Amsterdam's De Rode Hoed on Wednesday 15 January 2014. Ten youth workers are receiving training to enable them to teach debate to the young people in their neighbourhood centres in the project Debatteren kun je leren (you can learn how to debate). This first meeting served as an introduction to debate and to each other. 

January 21, 2014

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.

January 20, 2014

The organisation Centar za Kulturu Dijaloga (CCD) organised three demonstration debates in high schools in different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in November 2013. The debates focused on European Union topics and discussed the position of Bosnian youth vis-à-vis the EU.

January 14, 2014