The highest level of parliamentary debate:
Public speaking, argumentation and leadership.

The DSDC Foundation selects and prepares the Dutch National Debate Team for the World Schools Debating Championships. We offer debate education year-round to gifted high school students in the Netherlands. The most talented speakers represent the Netherlands at international debate tournaments.

Open Days for Students

Our Open Days are the gateway for students in the Netherlands to the global debate scene. After the event, the most promising students will be invited to join the Dutch National Debate Team. The previous Open Day was held on the 4th of November 2018. The next Open Day is scheduled in May.

Requirements to attend:
– Pursuing a VWO or IB degree
– One or more years of schooling left before graduation
– Can read a newspaper and conduct a conversation in English

Tournaments

We host four schools debate tournaments every year in cooperation with Wolfert Tweetalig in Rotterdam. Students from the age of 12 to 18 participate, and their level of experience varies from beginners to highly advanced. Students will face teams from their own level in these tournaments. It is a great opportunity for beginners to become more experienced in debating and public speaking in English, as well as for more advanced debaters who are looking for a challenge.

Our next tournament will be held on the 24th of November at Wolfert Tweetalig in Rotterdam. Please register here.

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Awards

Our coaching staff consists of awardwinning speakers, including multiple Dutch National Champions and European Finalists.

Team Netherlands has won numerous awards:
– Top English as a Foreign Language Team (2010, 2011, 2014)
– Top English as a Foreign Language Speaker (2013,2015)
– Top 25 speakers of the world

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Track Structure

1. Open Days

You can try World Schools-style debate by attending one of our Open Days. Our Open Days are held once or twice per year. Students receive a workshop about parliamentary debate or current affairs, and participate in several World Schools style debates. We generally receive many more applications than we have spots, so entry is competitive.

Our next Open Day will be held in May. More information will follow soon.

2. National Selection

At the Open Days, the 30 most promising students will be invited to join the National Selection. The National Selection is an instensive program. Students work on debate between 6 and 12 hours a week. The National Selection comes together every two weeks on the weekend to practice debate. The group is divided into several ‘tracks’ according to age and ability. All tracks have a dedicated coachingsteam. This allows us to cater the learning experience to the individual needs of students.

3. World Championships Team

The four or five best students of the national selection will represent The Netherlands at the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC). WSDC is the largest schools debating competition in the world, hosting more than 50 national teams annually. The competition has recently visited Indonesia, Singapore, Germany and Thailand.