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
Next Open Day: 4th of November 2018. Apply here.
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.
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
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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
Our alumni continue their journey at…
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 on the 4th of November. Check out our Open Day page for more information!
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 coach. 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 country are selected to 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.