The project “Debattierkünstler*innen” (Debate Artists) aims to provide young people from Frankfurt with an opportunity to learn and actively experience debating and to pass on their experiences to other young people. To this end, the young people receive communication training that teaches them how to develop their own political ideas and introduce them into discussions in a structured manner. A thematic focus lies on topics related to peace and conflict studies.
All secondary schools in Frankfurt are invited to suggest students or classes to participate in a training program with communication trainers by January 31, 2023. In total, about five schools can participate. Each group of students will receive debate training in the form of a one-day workshop in which, in addition to rhetorical skills, rules for productive discussions will be practiced.
The debate artists will later consolidate the skills they have learned in a debate on peace policy issues, which will be held at the schools or at the StreitBus. For these events, researchers from PRIF are available to provide knowledge on the selected topics and as dialogue partners. The topics are chosen in consultation with the participating schools.
The project is carried out within the framework of the network Netzwerk Paulskirche - Demokratie im Kommen, which takes the 175th anniversary of the Paulskirche Assembly as an occasion to rethink “democracy as a way of life”. It is initially limited in time to the implementation in 2023, but is to be connected in perspective in the planned House of Democracy and to be further developed.
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