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REAL Debate competition

REAL debate competition for a sustainable world is an English debate tournament in WSDC format, for young people aged 12-16 years from all over the world!

We kindly invite everyone who’s interested in debating and solving problems for a sustainable and equitable future to join the tournament!

When? Saturday, 29 April 2023

Where? REAL School Budapest, Záhony utca 7, 1031 Budapest, Hungary

How? Register here (Deadline: 31 March 2023)

Registration is open on a first come first serve basis. The registration fee is 2,500 HUF/person, including lunch. The payment deadline is within a week of confirmation.


The debate will follow the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) format but with shorter speeches, with two teams of 3-5 speakers facing each other.

The teams will be the Proposition and the Opposition, and each speaker will have six minutes to speak. During the second to the fifth minute of each speech, the speaker will also be open to questions or statements from the opposite team known as "Points of information." After the six speeches, each team will have the option to deliver a three-minute summary known as a reply speech.

The debate will focus on the role of AI in achieving sustainability goals in the 21st century, and we expect the speakers to present a variety of perspectives and arguments.



András Meleg - a highly respected debate judge and the President of the Budapest Debate Club. He is known for his deep understanding of debate theory and ability to provide insightful and constructive feedback to debaters.

Nihat Salamzade - a debater and debate judge from Azerbaijan and the President of IBS Budapest Debate Club. He brings a critical eye and a wealth of knowledge to the debate, ensuring that the debate is fair and the arguments are well-supported.

Gareth Manning - a Canadian educator and debate judge currently working at REAL School Budapest. He is well-versed in the rules and procedures of various debate styles and provides fair and objective evaluations of debaters' performances.

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