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Café Debate

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The main aim of the tool is to provide the participants opportunity to take part in debate that includes several discussions that are running simultaneously and reflecting various aspects of the main issue.

Aims of the tool

To encourage the participants to take part in discussion and through discussing various issues to strength their knowledge of the covered theme;
To create open platform within which the participants can share their experiences, opinions and gain better insight to the realities of other participants countries;
To increase communication skills of the participants and their ability to express themselves in mix-intercultural team;
To develop leadership skills of the participants who are taking the leading role in this activity and moderating the discussion.

Description of the tool

1. The group is divided into 3 – 4 team (preferably 4 – 5 persons in one team).
2. Each team gathers around one table and receives one issue to discuss. The table are arranged as in cafés.
3. The main rules of the debate are reviewed at the beginning of the activity:
a) At the moment when the café is open the discussions can start;
b) In each team can only speak a person who is holding the glass or cup in the hand.
c) If anyone would like to change the team - the table he/she need to asked the moderators (waitresses or waiters) who can allow them to change their places.
d) The waitress and waitresses are following the debates and taking notes for debriefing. They are also making sure that the rules of the debate are respecting.
4. The activity is closed up by debriefing when the participants are sharing their impressions from the activity and the arguments mentioned during the debate are reviewed.


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Tool overview

Café Debate

This tool is for

This activity can be adjusted to the different target groups as the discussed questions reflect the interests of the participants.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, European Citizenship, Gender issues, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Action 3.1 (Cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner Countries)
Action 4.3 (Training and Networking)

Materials needed:

chairs, pen and papers for taking notes, 2 cups/ 2 glasses.


Up to 1 hour - the time can be adjusted.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

The tool was created at the training course Bridging Divided Communities implemented by Volunteers Centre Skopje in October 2012.

in the context of

The toThe tool was created by the participants of the training course implemented under Action 3.1. during session focused on developing new tools fighting social exclusion and discrimination.

The tool has been experimented in

The tool was developed during the training course 3.1. and experienced during other training activities implemented under Action 3.1. and 4.3.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ilona Olehlova (on 2 May 2013)

and last modified

11 February 2013

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