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ANNOUNCEMENT
EIGHTH ANNUAL BALKAN DEBATE FORUM

May 1 - 5, 2003 Budva, Montenegro

The Format

Selected participants arrive at the forum knowing which of the seven topics on which they are to debate, but not on which side of the argument they will speak. The organizers will ensure that each team is multi-national in its composition, and will contain students from different disciplines. Seven debate sessions will take place in English. One to two days will be set aside for each team to compare information and reading, and to prepare their team’s strategy. All participants receive training in techniques of debating, public speaking, argumentation, assessment of sources and collaborative working, as well as in team-building skills. In addition to the debate sessions, the event will also include other activities aimed at cross-cultural communication, mutual understanding and empathy, including role-plays and cultural evenings.

Selection and Preparation of Participants

All students of CEP lecturers in Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia* and Romania are eligible to participate. In addition, a small number of students from Greece, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia will be invited. The total number of student participants will be 42. In the countries where CEP operates, CEP Lecturers will guide students in developing a bibliography, researching, and acquiring debating techniques. Reading packets for all topics are being prepared by CEP fellows and will be sent to all student participants prior to the event.

Lecturers from CEP countries are responsible for submitting the application materials to the Country Directors on behalf of the students. All other applicants (from non-CEP countries) should submit applications to Stuart Graham; tel.: +381 (0)63 881 6627; Email: stuart@bos.org.yu; mailing address: Stuart Graham, Beogradska Otvorena Škola (Belgrade Open School), Ulica Masarikova 5/16, 11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia. (It would be appreciated, however, if applications could be sent electronically where possible).

Applications should contain:

• completed Student Application Form;
• required Essay;
Statement of Support completed by the mentoring CEP Lecturer (students from non-CEP countries may ask any of their university instructors to fill in this form).

Application materials must be submitted by 7 March, 2003. Students will be notified of their acceptance around 14 March, 2003, at which point they will learn which topic to research in detail.


* The Civic Education Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation that maintains neutrality on questions of international borders. The use of the place names Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo/a does not reflect any position on the question of maintaining or changing current internationally recognised borders.

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