Playful way of learning
Debateville organises after-school debate workshops for Brussels young people aged between 10 and 14. Every week, they practice their speaking skills together for 1.5 hours. In a playful manner, they learn how to form an opinion, develop an argument or give a speech. "Through debate, the youngsters learn to listen, express themselves and convince others. They increase their critical thinking, media literacy and commitment to their environment", says driving force Sophie Buysse. "In a safe environment, the young people learn to understand and transcend differences. Debate trains them in important attitudes such as resilience, perseverance and respect. And debate is also good fun: it motivates and gives self-confidence to develop further."