Thirty debaters and judges participated in the competition that was part of the Inclusion of African Youth in Europe on Tuesday the 19th of November. The competition provided the debaters with an opportunity to immediately put into practice the skills they learned during the After Summer School the weekend before. They debated motions about education, employment and security issues to select the best teams and speakers. On Wednesday the 20th, the four best teams will participate in a final, while the six best speakers will give public speeches on topics related to the inclusion of African youth in front of an audience of experts, researchers, politicians and representatives of the African diaspora during a public debate in Leiden.
The debaters were students, self-employed, community workers, scientists and artists, many with an African background or an interest in African diaspora. They competed in twelve teams of two and had to defend points of view that were not necessarily their own on issues that they often felt strongly about. The judges were all (former) debaters from the student debating societies Leiden Debating Union and ASDV Bonaparte of Amsterdam. They brought new insights from competitive debate to the participants. The participants proved quick learners, as many had been introduced to debate only four days before but all proved adept at delivering clear and convincing speeches on diverse topics.
The motions during the competition were:
- Round 1: Mastering the local language should be a requirement for receiving citizenship.
- Round 2: African youth in Europe should always help each other advance in European society.
- Round 3: The state should fund community watch groups in ghettoized neighborhoods.
The Inclusion of African Youth in Europe project is organised by IDEA NL together with NCDO, Youth in Action, a European Commission youth fund and the African Studies Centre. The project will continue on Wednesday with a public debate on Wednesday in Leiden. The public debate is open for everyone and free to attend. Join and share our Facebook event. For more information and questions, contact Roeland Hemsteede.