In the Know – Let your voice be heard!

In the Know – Let your voice be heard!

In the past, young people were often told to only speak when they are spoken to. Although respect for elders is still an important value, today’s young people are being encouraged to speak their mind and join the conversation on current issues. The best way for this is official debate and discussion, where conflict is avoided and learning is encouraged. Below you will find three great debate programmes and events for young people.

The Battle of Ideas 2017: The Battle of Ideas festival, at The Barbican in London, provides a unique space to discuss the big issues of our time. Since 2005, they have promoted open public debate on wide-ranging issues of the day. The festival brings together a range of speakers for passionate, serious-minded discussion of topics ranging from Brexit to cultural appropriation to the pros and cons of Big Data. Scholars can attend either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 October for free or just £10 for the whole weekend. Find out more here.

The Economist Educational Foundation: This charity created by The Economist newspaper aims to enable disadvantaged young people to develop an informed view of the world, the thinking skills to form sound opinions and the confidence to have their say. Their two core programmes, The Burnet News Club and The Policy League, bring young people between the of ages 8 to 18 into inquisitive conversations about the world around them. Find out how to get involved here.

The World Schools Debating Championships: The WSDC is the most respected international English-language debating competition for students aged 14-19. The organisation aims to encourage competition between the most talented young debaters in the world, while also promoting international understanding and celebrating free speech. If your child is interested in representing Team England or Team Wales, then please fill in the application form here. Applications for Team England close on the 18th of October and applications for Team Wales close on the 25th of October.

The GT Scholars programme is committed to encouraging young people to think critically and speak wisely about current issues. If you want to know more about how we can help your child to improve skills such as leadership and public speaking, then contact us or give us a call on 02088168066. If you want to stay up to date on events and opportunities for your child, sign up to our weekly newsletter. 

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