Why Debate?

Civil Society:

Citizenship and Democracy

Participating in debate and debate-related activities trains individuals to become engaged citizens and to critically evaluate issues as a matter of course. The increase in global academic debating activities and trainings is one sign that young people are eager to take up their civic role.

International contact–oriented. If your program will involve contact with people from other countries, make this clear to potential members. The international aspect might encourage some to join. International contact doesn’t have to involve travel; you can invite people from other countries to your events as well. This automatically makes it an “international” event.

Debate doesn't always have to be all serious and professional. In international tournaments, there are Culture Nights and Karaoke parties that debaters can participate in. Debate is an intellectual battle, but it can also be social and fun activity that bonds people from other communities.

Social and Fun

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