Two Botswana students are currently in Instanbul, Turkey, to represent the country at the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). The international event is held in conjunction with Doga Colleges, Turkish Debate Association and the Open Society Foundation. The youth forum began earlier this week and will end on August 1.
The two, Sabeeha Khan and Zhara Imran, are students at Al Nur School. A third student, Lone Kolobe of Livingstone Kolobeng College, has since remained behind.
Botswana coach, Kevin Segadimo, was also unable to attend, but he is represented by a teacher from Al-Nur, Evans Chipomho.
Now into its seventeenth year, the IDEA meet will this year host over 250 young people from 40 countries. The topic of discussion this year is about international migration and how high income countries have a moral obligation to assist migrants from low income countries. The IDEA Youth Forum will begin with a world competition of 3 member debate teams under the IDEA Karl Popper Debate Championship. The Youth Forum will then continue with small debate training sessions in which international students form teams. Each year, the forum addresses pertinent international issues.
The IDEA will also feature highly qualified trainers, among them Botswana’s own Daniel Moremong. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Standard, Moremong said the forum presents a massive opportunity for him and the students.
“The IDEA youth forum is one of the most unique, enlightening and life changing experiences one can have. Not only does it give students opportunities to spend three weeks in five star hotels around the world, it also enables them to meet and network with their peers from different countries,” he said.
He also highlighted the learning experience from other cultures and perspectives.
“With over 50 nations represented, the diversity in culture alone teaches individuals about the different perspectives involved in approaching issues. It also reveals the importance of living in an open and free society,” Moremong said.
Additional information from www.idebate.org