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Moldova Republic of : OSCE Mission to Moldova strengthens professional skills and civic engagement among young people from both banks.

The OSCE Mission to Moldova held a training event on essential debate techniques for 37 high-school students and 7 teachers from both banks of the Dniester/Nistru River on 1 to 3 July 2016 in Vadul-lui-Vod?, a town by the river. The event, which gathered students from Balti, Bender, Cahul, Ciadir-Lunga, Comrat, Parcani, Tiraspol and Vulcanesti, aimed to enhance youth engagement in civic processes at the local and national levels.

This event has equipped me with skills that will be vital for both my professional and private life, said Daria Bogdanova, a student from Tiraspol. Engaging in debates is an excellent way to help us convey our thoughts more convincingly, search for compromise and exercise objectivity.

The training event introduced students to the Karl Popper debate format that teaches students how to conduct and participate in academic debates, demonstrate leadership, make public speeches, co-operate in teams and apply critical thinking. The aim of the event was to develop students analytical and debate skills in order to strengthen their professional opportunities and civic engagement.

The students attending the training will apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a series of two debate tournaments to be held in the autumn. The training sessions and tournaments are organized as part of a one-year project implemented jointly by the OSCE Mission to Moldova and the Comrat-based NGO Piligrim-Demo that aims to actively engage young people, including those representing national minorities, in civic process at the local and national levels by developing their debate skills.

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Date:Jul 5, 2016
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