Last weekend the Turkish Debate Association and Doga Colleges organized a debate tournament, which was one of the first high school national debate tournaments to be held in Turkey. The tournament was hosted on the premises of Doga Colleges in Istanbul and gathered sixteen teams and their coaches from around the country.
Prior to the tournament, the representatives of the Turkish Debate Association, one of the youngest member organizations of IDEA, visited debate teams to give workshops on the debate format and the role of presentation, argumentation and strategy in debate. At the tournament, debaters discussed Google's presence in China and child labor. Veronika Vlckova, the Director of the IDEA Youth Forum, also gave a short workshop on argumentation to the participants while they waited for the results and pairing for the next rounds.
Doga Colleges and its partner, the Turkish Debate Association are one of the bidders for hosting the 2011 IDEA Youth Forum. The host of the 2011 Youth Forum will be announced at the finals of the 2010 Youth Forum, which will be held in the Province of Zeeland from July 22nd to August 4th.