Learn how to debate from the victorious Slovak team

Debate helps people understand the world’s complexity.

(Source: Courtesy of IPPF Debate)

A team of high-schoolers rewrote history when they won a debate contest organized by the International Public Policy Forum. Several months of hard work preceded the winning debate in New York.

The Slovak team, consisting of Leaf Academy students based in Bratislava, applied for the competition in September. Since then seven debate enthusiasts – Matej Čerman, Jasna Cifrová, Lucia Jaďuďová, Timofej Kožuchov, Sára Lovecká, Samuel Ján Nvota and Sára Solarová – were coached by experienced debater Branislav Fečko-Čegiň.

Strict fact-checking

The students went through four rounds of a written debate, submitting an essay of 2,800 words every few weeks on the topic International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.

“We wrote academic essays, every fact stated having to be substantiated,” said Lucia Jaďuďová, adding that it was not enough to search the Internet, primary sources being important.

Teams were writing affirmations as well as negations so they had to check both sides of the arguments. Every team had about a week to react to the other teams’ essays between different rounds.

Read also:Slovak students win debate contest in New YorkRead more 

The Slovak team managed to reach the final “Elite Eight” after four rounds of essays and the gradual elimination of former 161 competing teams. Five teams from the US, one from China, one from Taiwan and the Slovak team met at the final round in New York. They underwent three debates in one day.

“The first pair of speakers stated for and against cases, better said read their essays, the second pair responding to the previous speakers. Then the teams had the possibility of questioning each other and the judges asked questions as well. In the end, the third speaker summarized the debate and concluded it with both speeches and questions,” Timofej Kožuchov describes the debate.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Who was behind the sale of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia

The largest law firms were involved in several innovative projects, too.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.

Using only antigen tests for mass testing was the right move, says American mathematician

The rounds of testing work like the layers of a filter, removing a large fraction of infected individuals in each round, says Daniel Larremore.

Free antigen testing

News digest: Sulík presents his pandemic plan, but PM Matovič remains critical

Rules for entering Spain change. Former police chief Gašpar remains in custody. State auctions the 5G network frequencies.

Richard Sulík presented his pandemic plan on November 23.