On July 21, twenty-three skilled trainers were welcomed to the 2009 IDEA Youth Forum in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The next day, they began preparing for the forum at the "Training of Trainers" sessions, where they exchanged their best training tips and finalized strategies for each track at the forum. They worked vigorously to prepare for the arrival of 200 debaters, coaches, IDEA staff and guests.
On July 23rd, particpants attending the 2009 Youth Forum arrived from thirty different countries: Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, the Phillipines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, United Kingdom, and USA.
The Youth Forum website will be updated daily with reports on activities, photos, videos, and online blogs. Online debates will also take place during the elimination rounds of the Karl Popper Debate Championship on July 24th- 27th while they are taking place. For more information on how to join the online debates and more, visit the Youth Forum website!