EIGHTH ANNUAL BALKAN DEBATE FORUM
May 1 - 5, 2003 Budva, Montenegro
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 teams 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
Selection and Preparation of
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: firstname.lastname@example.org;
mailing address: Stuart Graham, Beogradska Otvorena kola (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;
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.
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.