Students prepare public debates to tackle issues of their towns

This winter, public debates will be held in six towns of the Czech Republic on hot issues of the communities.  The public debates will be organized by secondary school students who won regional rounds of the debating competition Student Agora.

The public profit company Agora CE organizes the debating competition called Student Agora since 2005. This year, we wanted to offer to students an opportunity to use in a real context the skills they acquired during the competition. We also decided to use and spread Agora CE’s know-how in realizing public debates. Therefore, we gave trainings on preparation and organization of public debates to six student teams – from Hradec Králové, Jindřichův Hradec, Litoměřice, Kutná Hora, Karlovy Vary and Prague. The teams are now preparing their public debates – they need to choose the topic, the target group, the date and the venue of the debate, the speakers to invite, the ways to promote it. Agora CE’s experts provide them with consultancy and support.

Whether the students will choose to discuss about the structure of their school curriculum and the (often rather small) proportion of optional subjects or about the results of the regional elections, they will act as active citizens interested in things happening around them. And that’s exactly what Agora CE chose as its mission: to enhance citizen participation in public space and public decision-making.

If you are interested in other Agora CE’s activities, such as Corporate Agora, please contact Eliška Chomátová, coordinator of the project, by email or by phone +420 608 333 914.

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