Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange – Debate Youth Exchange Activity

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange – Debate Youth Exchange Activity

The Academy of Entrepreneurship is among the 15 organisations that have been selected by the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) to participate in the Erasmus + Virtual Exchange (EVE) programme, and most specifically, to the Debate Exchange Activity.

What is the Debate Exchange Activity?

It is an activity that brings together young people from different backgrounds to develop parliamentary debate skills with the support of a network of trained debate trainers & facilitators, fostering listening and understanding through debate exchanges.

Who can participate with Academy of Entrepreneurship?

Young people aged 18-30, Greek Nationals or Residents in Greece 

How does it work?

Participation in the activity requires an engagement of a team of 7 people in order to complete one cycle. Each team consists of 1 Team Leader, 4 Debaters and 2 Observers.

One cycle of four weeks includes: 

  1. a 6-hour Debate Team Leaders Training (10 am – 4 pm CET time): an intensive training on parliamentary debate skills delivered by an Online Debate Trainer (for Team Leaders only)
  2. a local training for the team: ensured offline or online by the trained Team Leader themselves one to three weeks following the Team Leaders Training (2-3 hours).
  3. an Intercultural Online Debate: engaging two teams from Europe and the South of the Mediterranean during the second or third weekend following the Team Leaders Training. It lasts 3 hours (10 am – 1 pm CET time). The debate sessions include a short introduction, a preparation phase for the arguments (approx. 30 min) and two debates.
  4. a post-debate dialogue session: taking place one week following the Intercultural Online Debate and facilitated by a dialogue Facilitator. It allows the meeting among teams so that participants can talk about their experience with online debating. It also enables participants to receive an online badge as a certificate for their participation. It lasts 2 hours (11 am – 1 pm CET time).

What are the topics of the Online Debates?

  • Migration
  • Environment
  • Social Media
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gender Equality
  • Democracy & democratization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Scalability and inclusivity
  • Experiential learning
  • Community of trust
  • Learner-led approach

Both teams suggest 2 topics, one topic of each Team will be chosen. Every debater will have approximately 2 days to prepare their arguments.

Why should I participate?

This activity provides young people with an accessible, ground-breaking way to engage in intercultural learning. It offers a safe online community to participate in facilitated discussions, increasing intercultural awareness and building 21st Century skills through Virtual Exchange. It also encourages and promotes intercultural dialogue and citizenship, strengthening the youth dimension of the EU neighborhood policy.

Through the activity you can improve certain skills and competences, in particular:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Active listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Confidence
  • Presentation skills
  • Cultural understanding
  • Persuasion
  • Empathy
  • Leadership

After the completion of a full cycle, online badges will be awarded to participants. Team Leaders will be awarded an online badge for Team Leaders, and participants will be awarded an online badge for Debate Participants. These badges are EU recognised badges in the frame of the EU Commission project and can be used as reference in the resume to increase employability.

In order to be awarded these badges, Team Leaders must have successfully completed 1 team leader training, 1 online debate and 1 post-debate dialogue session, whereas participants must have successfully completed 1 online debate and 1 post-debate dialogue session.

How do I register as Team Leader or Debater?

If you are interested to participate in the Erasmus + Virtual Debate Exchange Activity, you can make your registration via the following button:

Register

Once registered, instructions will follow from us.

Testimonials

As it was my first participation in a debate within the Erasmus+ framework, I am grateful to you for this opportunity. It was a unique experience that the young generation should definitely take advantage of it. 

It consists a great chance for getting to know young people from other countries, to exchange views and experiences with them and to learn about the other nations’ mentalities. But the most significant is that the procedure helps participants to overcome any anxieties or phobias when it comes to confronting with people and speaking in public.

A.K.

The virtual debate exchange was a great experience for me that I am in my first steps as a debater. It gave me the opportunity to interact with people from other countries, listen to others’ opinions and familiarize myself with cultural aspects that can affect certain social topics. The motions included issues that are important in many countries and the outcome of the debate was really enlightening to understand different points of view. 

It was a great chance to improve my communication, reasoning and active listening skills and I would certainly like to participate in another exchange debate soon!

O.A.

FAQ

The calendar of the Team Leaders Training and the Online Debates can be seen below:

Short explanation: Each cycle begins with a Team Leader Training, e.g. June 6th. Then the team leaders have 2 or 3 weeks to gather and train a debate team. After this local training, the team participates in an Online Debate on either June 19th, 20th, 26th or 27th and gathers once again one week after on either July 3rd or 4th to discuss about their experience in a Post-debate Dialogue session.

May June July August Sept Oct Nov
Team Leaders Training
(10 am – 4 pm CET time)
30 6,
27
19 10,31
Online Debates
(10 am – 1 pm CET time)
5-6,
12-13,
19-20,
26-27
10-11,
17-18
2-3,
9-10,
23-24,
30-31
13-14,
20-21
Post-debate Dialogue session
(11 am – 1 pm CET time)
19-20 3-4,
24-25
6-7,
27-28

Start of the 1st cycle: May 30th; End: June 19th or 20th 

Start of the 2nd cycle: June 27th; End: July 24th or 25th 

Start of the 3rd cycle: September 19th; End: October 16th or 17th 

Start of the 4th cycle: October 10th; End: November 6thor 7th 

Start of the 5th cycle: October 31st; End: November 27th or 28th

Each team consists of 1 Team Leader, 4 Debaters and 2 Observers.

Debate Team Leaders are going to moderate one of the debates and Debaters are going to participate in the online debates.

Observers will be able, following the debate, to comment on how their teams have been preparing for the motion, and they can provide feedback on the dynamics during the debate and add constructive comments about the substance of the motions. Observers could eventually replace debaters in case of absence during the debate.

No, participants are bound to their chosen cycle in order to complete the activity.

Firstly, participants attend the team leaders training (May 30th, June 6th or 27th, September 19th, October 10th or 31st) between 10 am and 4 pm CET.

Once they have completed their team leader training, they participate in an online debate (June 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th; July 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th; October 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 23th, 24th, 30th, 31st; November 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st) between 10 am and 1 pm CET.

And, thirdly, participants (team leaders and team members) partake one week later in a post-debate Dialogue session (June 19th, 20th; July 3rd, 4th, 24th, 25th; October 16th, 17th; November 6th, 7th, 27th, 28th).

Please note that it is the participants’ responsibility to double-check for any time differences.

The Team Leader Training is taking place on a Virtual Exchange Platform called Exchange Portal. Everyone joins from their own PC, laptop or smartphone.

Yes. All debaters should however be nationals and/or residents in one of the eligible countries.

Team Leaders can also debate if they wish to. However, their main role is to moderate and to lead the team.

Two Teams from different countries debate together online around two motions. The format of the online debates is inspired from the British parliamentary model.

More details on the role of debaters in this format will be included in the Debate Team Leaders Manual that participants will receive following their completion of the Team Leaders Training.

The Online Debates take place on a Virtual Exchange Platform called Exchange Portal. Everyone joins from her/his own PC, laptop or smartphone.

Both teams suggest 2 topics, one topic of each Team will be chosen. Every debater will have approximately 2 days to prepare their arguments.

There will be a Post-Debate Dialogue Session one week after the online debate to meet other teams so participants can talk about their experience with online debating. It also enables participants to receive an online badge as a certificate for their participation.

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