Online Euro-Med Debate championship drew out key issues affecting young people from 16 nationalities

May 11, 2020
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Education, democracy and current challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic are some of the issues that young people discussed during the Online Euro-Med Debate competition held on 18,19, 25 and 26 April. 39 debates were organised to tackle young people’s concerns on pressing regional and international issues. Topics were suggested by participants themselves.

The competition, with around 300 participants from 16 countries, showcased a unique methodology of virtual intercultural youth-led debates, used to acquire advocacy skills through debate trainings and exercise collaborative problem-solving. Young people increased their empathy and tolerance towards other cultures, whilst improving their critical thinking skills.

Teams were formed by 6 debaters and 1 team leader from the North and South of the Mediterranean. Burak from Germany, team leader of the competition’s winning team, highlighted:“Our team combined the experiences of people from 7 nationalities. We all learned from each other and enjoyed uniting our differences”.

The final debate took place on 25 April 2020. Mixed teams from Egypt, Belgium, Libya and Italy discussed how power is distributed within the international system: is a multipolar world better than a unipolar one?

The Online Euro-Med Debate Competition was organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation in the framework of the European Commission’s project Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange.

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Press release

Anna Lindh Foundation – website and Facebook page

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia