Competition Debating competition for secondary schools in northwestern Europe

Group Photo Debating Competition Finals Hamburg
Debating Competition Finals Hamburg | © Photoproduktion Symanzik, Hamburg

A Goethe-Institut project with model schools in eight different countries.

Expressing your opinion in your own language is not easy – expressing your opinion in German is even more difficult.

Since September Goethe-Institut model schools in northwestern Europe have formed an international learning community taking part in a competition to engage with problems of the future.
The successful format of the debating competition promotes the learning of a foreign language and develops communication skills.

The theme was Europe and involved young people from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland in important issues such as the engagement of young people in politics, or whether the official language of Europe should be English.

All participating groups were invited to attend the finals in Hamburg on December 2, 2016.  The two winning teams entered a contest to debate the topic: ‘European youth today are the European future of tomorrow’.

The debating competition, held in German, provides immeasurable benefits to significantly improve the communication skills of the German language learners.

By promoting a sense of European team spirit the project gained an international dimension and facilitated the social interaction between school pupils from the various European countries.

The team from Ireland, Coláistí Eoin agus Iosagáin, won the final in Hamburg against the team from Sweden, Katedralskolan. 

For further information on the debating competition for secondary schools in northwestern Europe, please contact Kathrin Lauber:

The participating model schools are part of the initiative ‘Schools: Partners for the Future’ (PASCH) – a worldwide network of more than 1,800 schools with a particular connection to Germany.  The Goethe-Institut fosters around 550 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries.