The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC)

( is a truly global competition for high school debaters. The first World Schools Debating Championships were held in Australia in 1988. The event attracted participants from Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States. In 1990 the second championship was held in Canada, ever since then it has been an annual event, hosted each year in a different country, usually by a national debating body. Recent venues include Calgary, Cardiff, Seoul, Washington DC, and in 2009 Athens.

Participating teams are made up of the nationís top five debaters, often selected after a long series of local, regional, and national debate events. The World Schools Debating Championships celebrates and exemplifies the achievements of youth in the global community who strive to make the world a better place through open articulate communication and shared experiences..

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What is Debating?

Debate is a formal argument, in which two opposing teams propose or attack a given proposition or motion in a series of speeches. It is governed by a set of rules, which permit interruptions or "points of information" by the opposition. Debates can be judged by a panel of judges (competitive debate) or by an audience (show debate).

Competitive debating uses the skills of argument to debate and discuss important issues about our beliefs, government policies and proposals on how to improve the world or face up to problems in society. A competitive debate should be rational, focused, and structured.

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