Debate can help integrate marginalised groups into broader society and empower their voice in political discourse, helping them communicate their issues to the majority and build alliances to help solve them.

Participation in debating helps youth tolerate difference by learning how to understand and engage with multiple perspectives and cultural standpoints, focusing on the common ground that youth share regardless of their ethnic, religious or other backgrounds and understanding that they have more in common than not with their peers.

Debate also offers soft skills that are valuable in academic and professional contexts, especially in the fields of public speaking, presentations, research and structured writing. We plan to offer marginalised groups the opportunity to gain these skills in partnership with NGOs and cultural centres that work in these fields.

Head of the Program

Vassilis Tsipopoulos