On 5 and 6 December IDEA delivered a debate training for the ‘Crazy for Democracy’ project in Bari, Italy organized by EUROSUD in cooperation with Agenzia Nazionale Per I Giovani. 30 young people from different countries across Europe came together to learn more about democracy. The organizers consider debate to be an essential part of democracy so they invited IDEA to train their participants.
Dutch former high school debater Caspar Jacobs moved to Oxford for studies. He has taken up working at OxHoP and started up debate workshops for the homeless who attend the centre with assistance from IDEA NL.
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.
The Estonian Debating Society (EDS) organised a wide variety of activities between September 15 and 22 surrounding Democracy Day (September 15). The Democracy Days activities took place in 76 different schools spread over 30 different locations in Estonia. A total of 5885 high school and university students participated in lectures given by well-known public figures such as politicians, actors and business leaders or members of the EDS presenting debates about democracy-related topics.