The University Debate Laboratory marked the finalization of its Third Edition, with the final debate organized on 21st June 2022. SCiDEV in this third edition has achieved the following results:

☑️ In 14 educational institutions in 5 cities of Albania: Tirana, Durrës, Vlorë, Shkodër, Korçë.

☑️ Engaging about 150 young people in the #debate championship with 14 lecturers who built the debate teams and supported the debaters on their way through training and mentorship

☑️ 5 experts were engaged in the capacity development program running for about three months, including online training sessions about youth participation in the public sphere, using digital tools for activism and concrete actions at university level governance, as well as training about debate research topics and structured format of the championship

☑️ 14 young people engaged in the #FromWordstoAction Campaign

☑️ 4 teams with #youth #activists and two mentors who guide them to use data for advocacy researched topics such as youth and diaspora, privacy, industrial heritage, and digitalization of services.

The winners of the third edition of the University Debate Laboratory are the students of the Faculty of Law, the University of Tirana, under the mentorship of Prof. Petrina Broka. The team of the University of Vlora came in second place.

The testimonials of the two final teams can be found here.

The testimonials of the two semi-final teams can be found here.

The testimonials of the young activities engaged in the #FromWordstoAction Campaign can be found here.

More details about the project activities, the championship, the capacity development program, the blogs of young activities, and much more can be found here.

The third edition is part of the National Youth Debate Programme for the Model of Social and Economic Development of Albania, aiming to empower young people (high school and university students) to be proactive, well-informed, and critically-minded citizens with public speaking ability and competencies to participate in decision-making processes in their community and in public life. The project was financed by the Open Society Foundation in Albania and ran from 01.09.2022 – 30.06.2022.