Thursday, June 03, 2010

2010 IDEA Youth Forum participants selected!

We have received applications from 300 interested participants but we unfortunately have space only for 226 debaters and coaches. The criteria for the selection have been publicized at the General Assembly meeting of IDEA NL in December in London as well as on the YF website. This is the ranking the Participants Selection Committee used in order to determine the final list of participants:

1. diversity: at least one team per country (individuals in some cases)

2. cap on 20 individuals per country: there will not be delegations larger than 20 individuals (this number includes debaters, coaches, observers, but excludes staff, board members and trainers)

3. preference will be given to the individuals coming for the whole event: KPDC students will have lower priority than students who want to attend the entire YF.
example: if there are two teams from country A and only one comes for KPDC only and a team needs to be eliminated, it will be the one coming only for KPDC. The rule 1 still takes precedence, meaning if country A brings teams only for KPDC, then one has to be accepted.

4. three teams per institution: if there are still teams that need to be eliminated, then the institution that brings more than three teams will be stripped off of a team.
So if Country A Debate Association or Debate Club registered 4 teams and we still had to eliminate teams, one of the teams from Country A Debate Association would be placed on waiting list.

The above mentioned criteria weren't enough to make the final list complete, so the Participants' selection committee had to evaluate the remaining applicants based on the following criteria:
- motivation and impact that the participation of the given individual is going to bring to the YF and his/her home environment
- opportunity for the individual to take part in and international event (competition and/or workshop) in his area

There were a few exemptions that took precedence over all of these rules:
• The People Speak teams - if interested to come 10 winning delegations have to be accepted
• early registrants have been granted spots irregardless of these criteria (only criteria 1, 2 have been applied)
• participants from institution that attended in the past are granted one place if they register within deadline
• for the KPDC - judges/coaches are exempt from the elimination criteria

List of partcipants' countries selected to attend YF 2010

Here is a list of countries that made it through the selection this year: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana,Bulgaria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Palestinian Territory, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zimbabwe.

The waiting list now entails names of 34 individuals who will be asked to participate in case a team or an individual drops out. We are looking into possibilities of enabling more participants to attend at least the KPDC, by providing alternative venues outside of the Navy Facility (sleeping venue) and close to Hogeschool Zeeland (debating venue). If this is possible we will inform all the persons on the waiting list, however it is likely that it will increase the costs of the fee for participation for these individuals, as we received generous support from the Ministry of Defense and we stay in the Navy Facility for only service costs.

If you have any questions or comments to these criteria or their ranking, please do let us know!

On behalf of the Participants Selection Committee

Forum Director

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