The Porto Debating Society organised a public debate on youth unemployment on the 12th of December at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. About thirty students saw a debate between Álvaro Novo, research economist at the Structural Studies division at the Banco de Portugal (Portuguese Central Bank), Ricardo Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Portuguese Youth Foundation, and Pedro Costa, an unemployed young economics graduate.
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.
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 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.
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.