THE WSDA PROGRAM – developed by ZiP

The training part of the WSDA brings lectures, exercises, debate electives, content electives and practice debates. The participants are divided in different groups on the basis of their experience – from beginners to advanced students on the last day we hold the WSDA tournament.

The  target audience of WSDA are STUDENTS from 13 to 18, ranging from experienced debaters to complete beginners. The training is very intense and very active, with lots of colaborative interactive excercises performed by excellent international trainers. You can register as a group or individually. WSDA staff members will take care of the participants who are coming without accompanying adults.

TEACHERS, COACHES & JUDGES TRACK: we do have a special track for everybody who would like to use debate techniques as one of the active methods in the classroom and/or start a debate club at their school. Debate coaches, trainers, judges, organisers and trainers who would like to learn more about runing debate clubs, training, judging and organising debate events can apply.


June 28th - July 2nd


  • STUDENTS TRACK: 1 debate workshop, 1 content worksop and 1 practice debate ( with extensive preparation and feedback) per day
  • TEACHERS, TRAINERS AND JUDGES TRACK: 1 debate workshop, 1 content workshop, 1 teaching & methodology workshop and 1 debate judging exercise per day
  • The whole academy is going to happen in an online ZOOM environment
  • Program will start every day at 9 am (UTC+2) and will finish by 3 pm (UTC+2)



  • Both tracks are suitable for participants of all levels and debate backgrounds.
  • We are accepting students above the age of 12. 



  • Participation fee (Students & Teachers): 100 eur
  • Participation fee for IDEA members: (Students & Teachers): 30 eur
  • Coaches and trainers, who will bring students to the event, can participate in the teachers track free of charge.
  • We are also offering scholarships and fee waivers. These will be granted at the discretion of the organising team. The application process for scholarships is described below. 
  • Payments are possible via bank transfer or via paypal (you will receive details on payments after the registration)


  • In order to register for the academy, please send us an email to:
  • We accept both group applications and individual applications.

The application should include:

  • The name, age and past debate experience of each participant
  • Contact information of all the participants 
  • Indication if you are applying for students or teachers track
  • For IDEA network members a statement indicating which organisation you are part of
  • Those wishing to apply for a scholarship or fee waiver, please include a letter explaining the circumstances and situation which you believe warrants the lower costs of admission. Scholarships can be granted to the entire group or individual members of your delegation. The organising team might contact you for further details during the scholarship approval process.
For more information please contact:

Ivan Koruza – Chief Organiser
Miha Andrič – Director



Students Track Day 1 – Day 4 (UTC+2)

09:00 – 10:00 Debate electives 

10:15 – 11:00 Content electives 

11:15 –  13:15 Preparation for debates with trainers 

13:15 –  14:15 Debates

14:15 – 15:00 Feedback


Teachers Track Track Day 1 – Day 4 (UTC+2)

09:00 – 10:00 Debate electives 

10:15 – 11:00 Content electives 

11:15 –  13:15 Teachers sessions

13:15 –  15:00 Spectating Debates and Judging Exercises 


Day 5: Tournament (for students and teachers) (UTC+2)


07:30 – 08:00 Registration

08:00 – 09:30 Round 1

09:30 – 11:00 Round 2

11:00 – 12:00 Break

13:00 – 14:00 Round 3 motion announcement

14:00 – 15:30 Round 3

15:30 – 15:45 Finalists announcement

16:00 – 17:15 Finals

17:30 – 17:45 Awards ceremony

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