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About Us

  • We are an independent NGO and Slovakia’s national debating body.
  • Our mission is to promote critical thinking, open-mindedness and citizenship of young people.
  • We run 6 programs, of which the high school program is the most extensive.
  • In 2018 we had almost 900 individual members.
  • We have over 200 volunteers and 4 full-time employees.
  • We were established on 17 November 1999 as a spin-off of the debate program of the local Open Society Foundation
  • We received the Generation 3.0 Award from the Pontis Foundation, as well as the Orange Foundation Award.
  • The government’s Learning Slovakia education reform paper lists us as an example of best practice.
  • We receive an annual youth work subsidy from the Ministry of Education.

 

Our Impact

We try to provide young people with skills that they otherwise would not receive, encourage them to spend free time meaningfully, and to better understand differing opinions.

 

We measure our impact through skills and attitudes of our members. Compared to their peers they are more actively interested in public matters. Thanks to debating they look at controversial topics from different angles and stay clear of extreme positions.

 

For schools having a debate club can be a sign that they follow current trends and encourage young people’s initiative. Debaters are often active in other extracurricular and student government.

 

Our alumni have gone on different walks of life but often stay close to public affairs. For instance, they work in ministerial think-tanks, politics, media and education. Employers often value their sense for strategy, analytical thinking and communication skills.

 

Our Budget

Our spending is over 250 thousand this season, most of which is for food and accommodation at our events. Debate clubs themselves require little money because they need no special equipment and schools almost always provide rooms for their meetings. We strive for diversified funding, so the significance of long-term partnerships, donations from companies and individuals have each grown recently.