The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) is an annual English-language debating tournament for high school-level teams representing different countries. Teams from all over the world gather in a battle of minds, discussing 13 different topics set by an international panel of debate experts. With over 50 different countries regularly participating in the tournament, WSDC is a truly global event. Promoting excellence, creativity and, crucially, critical thinking, WSDC is not only a competition but a forum for the best and the brightest of students.
The tournament lasts for 10 days during which highly competitive debate rounds interchange with social activities and is a unique experience for all competitors. The WSDC normally takes place over the course of ten days.
Each national team competes in eight preliminary debates: four prepared debates (the motion having been announced a few weeks before the start of the tournament) and four impromptu debates (for which teams have one hour to prepare). Once the eight preliminary rounds have been completed, the 16 best teams compete in knock-out debates (known as the Octofinals) culminating in a Grand Final. For each debate, three judges (or more in later rounds) mark each debater on his or her style, content and strategy.
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Registration fee costs $620 (excludes travel costs and accomodation)
The confirmed dates for the tournament is July 19-29th, 2020.