Cairo 15 April 2016 – For the first time since the launch of the Young Arab Voices programme (YAV) in Egypt in 2011, and after a series of successful local debate tournaments, Cairo hosts the 1st National Debate Championship “Egypt Boxing Days 2016” from the 17th to the 19th of April 2016.
The YAV Egypt Boxing Days will gather 145 participants, representatives of all YAV partners in Egypt from universities, schools and civil society organisations, coming from across the country. This championship and the other national debate championships that have been taken place in other YAV programme countries since February 2016 (Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) represent one of the main pillars and activities of the Young Arab Voices programme.
The National Debate Championship “Egypt Boxing Days” is organised in the Arabic language and its debates will follow the British Parliamentary format. The debates – which are 64 competitive debates – will cover a number of diverse topics that pertain to the Arab youth in general and the Egyptian youth in particular. The debate topics will cover a number of topics such as the privatisation of education and healthcare, the Western projection of Islam, the refugees’ crisis, countering extremism, human organs donation, cultural policies, in addition to other hot topics.
The championship coincides with the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Young Arab Voices programme in Egypt in 2011 by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation. The programme since its launch in 2011, aims at providing opportunities, tools, and capacity building for the involvement of youth in running and managing effective debates for enriching the pluralistic democratic dialogue existing in the Middle East and North Africa region. The programme has managed to graduate more than 12,300 debaters from 17 governorates in Egypt. These debates were involved in more than 1,100 debate that covered diverse topics that are of interest to the local youth and their society.
Jeff Streeter, Country Director, British Council Egypt said: ‘’The British Council launched, in partnership with the Anna Lindh Foundation, the ‘Young Arab Voices’ Project a few years ago based on academic research findings which emphasised the importance of offering young people opportunities to equip themselves with key skills. During the past 5 years, we have successfully supported more than 12,300 young Egyptians through developing debating and research skills that will help them in their future careers”.
The programme depends on establishing partnerships with the education sector, as well as the civil society sector; from NGOs, youth groups, culture centres, schools and universities, as well as the concerned ministries in the targeted countries: Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
The Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council jointly develop and manage the programme out of their regional responsibility, with co-financing from the European Union and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and with institutional support from the League of Arab States.
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Regional Communication Manager
Young Arab Voices
Corporate Communications Manager
British Council Egypt