Team Beirut II wins the Third Online Euro-Med Debate Competition, demonstrating youth’s potential in advocacy issues
September 7, 2020
“I wanted to win this competition to make youth feel their strength and help my country, despite the negativity surrounding Lebanon at this time”, highlighted Noura, leader of team Beirut II, winners of the 3rd Online Euro-Med Debate Competition held on 22, 23, 29 and 30 August, 2020.
The competition, with participants from 18 countries, showcased a unique methodology of virtual intercultural youth-led debates, used to acquire advocacy skills and exercise critical thinking. The aim is to increase young people’s empathy and tolerance towards other countries, whilst praising cultural differences.
Throughout the 4 days, 30 debates were organised, together with 7 training sessions prior to the competition and 14 post-debate dialogue sessions, one week following the competition. Approximately, 250 participants had the chance to tackle key themes of relevance to young people. Topics, suggested by participants themselves, included: the current global crisis, climate change issues, digital education and civil rights. At the final debate, teams from Lebanon and Palestine had to present arguments for and against the motion: “The most effective way to combat racism is to set stricter rules”.
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.