20 December 2022

Insights from the Civic Debate Club Multiplier Event in Bucharest, Romania


On the 14th of December 2022, GEYC organised a Multiplier Event under the framework of the Civic Debate Club project, kindly hosted by the "Elena Cuza" National College in Bucharest.

With the participation of 48 high school students and experts in the field, they discussed the importance of debates as a tool to boost civic participation, but also about the rights and responsibilities of citizens. It was an occasion for knowledge sharing, debate, and the exploration of innovative methodologies.

A significant highlight of the event was the presentation of the Civic Debate Club project and its innovative methodology. This methodology provides a structured approach to organizing civic debate clubs, promoting active citizenship, and fostering critical thinking skills among participants. It was a valuable resource showcased to help empower future civic leaders.

Two compelling debates took center stage, providing attendees with a platform to express their opinions on critical civic issues. The first debate revolved around the topic, "Should voting become mandatory in Romania?" Participants engaged in a spirited discussion, highlighting the pros and cons of mandatory voting.
After a refreshing break, the second debate tackled the question, "Should the voting age be lowered to 16 in the EU?" This debate delved into the responsibilities and rights of young citizens and their potential to shape the future of Europe through their participation in the democratic process.
Conclusions and Future Steps
The event culminated in a session dedicated to drawing conclusions and outlining the next steps of the Civic Debate Club project. Participants had the opportunity to reflect on the key takeaways from the debates, gaining insights into various perspectives on important civic issues.

The Multiplier Event in Bucharest achieved its objectives, providing a platform to:
  • Promote Civic Education: By introducing the Civic Debate Club methodology, the event encouraged the development of critical thinking skills and active citizenship among participants.
  • Foster Dialogue: The debates offered a space for individuals to engage in constructive conversations about pressing civic matters, promoting understanding and open dialogue.
  • Inspire Future Leaders: Empowering young citizens and providing them with opportunities to express their views on issues that directly affect them can inspire future leaders who are informed, engaged, and motivated to create positive change.