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Global Debates Experience
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The Global Debates was founded in 2016 to provide young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop debating, speaking, listening and literacy skills through debate training and competitions that will ultimately improve self-esteem, collaboration, team-work, academic achievement, graduation success rates, and access to higher education. Global Debates aims to foster a sound and sustainable culture of debate and dialogue.
We believe that debate education is the key to the strengthening of democratic institutions, the realization of human rights and the achievement of all international development goals; the development of human potential, poverty alleviation and the fostering of greater understanding among peoples. Through debates, we aim to create an open and free society.
The Global Debates lays special focus on fostering awareness and discourse around the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals with the sole aim of shaping aware, active and engaged global citizens and leaders of tomorrow equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to communicate effectively and to address the local and global challenges and issues of the 21st Century.
The Global Debates' Experience is unique, time-tested and one of the leading set of programs in debate education, public speaking, and democratic-leadership development. The Global Debates' Four-Team Format is unique and acclaimed in developing sound thinking and decision-making skills. Our programs are designed to leverage the power of natural, social and peer-to-peer learning through a heterogeneous group of learners in two age categories— ages 08-17 and 18-27. Our fun and unforgettable debating and leadership-building experiences promote the development of self-esteem, independence, and responsibility for all debaters.
Global Debates is an independent, non-partisan, progressive initiative seeking to develop confident communicators, critical-thinkers, and empowered global citizens and leaders —of today and tomorrow— equipped to shape a more just, inclusive, peaceful, secure and sustainable future for all.
An initiative in cooperation with the Global Citizenship Foundation working towards equipping young people with speaking and listening skills and the intercultural understanding they need to thrive
Listen. Think. Speak. Act. Achieve.
Our Pedagogical Approach
Fostering 360° Perspective and Understanding!
Our programs are interactive, engaging and experiential. We challenge our participants to apply the material they have learned in their sessions. Rather than just hearing and forgetting huge amounts of information, they put into practice the theories, tips, and techniques presented in the sessions.
Global Debates' approach fosters natural and social learning that ensures learning without the effort of learning. This helps many participants who have learner's fatigue to disconnect the activity from the stress of learning. Most participants would not even know that they are learning until they are asked to do self-evaluation. We believe the absence of the undertone of learning and the compulsion to deliver can help more participants to engage themselves positively in all our activities. For example, all our workshops include real-time show debates or solo presentations. Participants will prepare, organize, and present in front of their peers and/or parents. Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and solidify a child's understanding and grow their abilities in the core skills development that we are facilitating.
The emphasis on communication skills, logical thinking, social skills, positive attitude, sustainable development goals, learning and retention skills, and leadership skills can result in the overall positive development in the child, carving global citizens and leaders who can address the 21st-century challenges and issues. The programs are designed to foster 21st-century skill development aiming at a 360 degree socio-emotional, intellectual and functional development of the participants.
Our debate training programs are designed to teach participants the fundamentals of public speaking, leadership and argumentation skills that will enable them to unlock and unleash their confidence, self-esteem, critical thinking skills, creativity, and leadership. Our programs are usually format-agnostic and participants are prepared for both life and for competitive debate teams. Participants are provided with a safe and secure environment to improve their communication skills and develop democratic values.
Each of our programs has four levels of engagement — Foundational, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional. The activities and sessions are customized according to the duration of the engagement, size, and needs of the cohort.
Our workshops and programs can be tailored to focus on your students’ specific needs, such as a particular skill set, subject area or competition format.
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Discover Global Debates Project
This bespoke course is offered as stand-alone modules including the Global Debates 101 course.
Available also for in-service educators to empower them to foster thinking skills and empowering educators to use debate as a teaching and learning tool.
In-School SDG Debate Lab
This program offers special focus of SDG awareness and sensitization through engaging debates.
This is a year-long/half-year long program. Each of the session is for two hours. Session Slot Options: Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning and Sunday Afternoon.
Why Have the Global Debates' Experience?
We Meet Them Where They Are and Provide a Safe Space
We invite the learners to explore different perspectives, integrate diverse ideas, express what is important to them through a process of exploratory learning using tools that are already familiar to them to shape them into better thinkers, decision-makers, communicators equipped with future-ready skills that would enhance their academic performance, deepen their social-emotional learning and foster active global citizenship through debate education.
Enhanced Academic Performance.
The Global Debates Experience sparks curiosity and a growth mindset. Improves language comprehension and provides practice in backing up arguments with examples and evidence, a key focus of SAT examination.
Deepened Social-Emotional Learning
We embed narratives that challenge the students to develop and strengthen empathy; respect for others’ point of view; responsible and ethical decision-making when exploring new or complex situations, challenges, and ideas.
Demonstrable improvement in critical, creative, analytical and lateral thinking.
Global Debates gives students the experience of producing original and balanced arguments; Fosters a 360-degree understanding of issues and equips participants to logically and sensitively process information. The Global Debates Experience shapes participants into better leaders by boosting their confidence, teamwork, and clarity of thought through the development of social skills, team-building activities, group discussions, strategy huddles, and opinion-making.
Better Communicators Equipped with Transversal Skills.
Demonstrable improvement in oracy, argumentation and presentation skills. Boosts cognitive skills, meta-cognitive skills, socio-emotional skills, research skills, active listening, knowledge acquisition, and vocabulary acquisition.
Fostering Active Global Citizenship Through Debate Education
The experience fosters awareness, discussion, and debate around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Sparks ideas around how individuals and entities could positively impact the realization of the SDGs and associated targets. Fosters spiritual, ethical, social, cultural and civic education.
Global Debates Newsdesk
Global Citizenship Foundation on board as the Principal Partner of Global Debates Initiative.
SDG Debate Labs to Hone Debating Skills and Deepen SDG Awareness
Global Debates Now Offers Post Program Follow-Up Through Online Classroom!
Global Debates Launches Bespoke Online Training for Students