In an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm and a passion for the future of democracy, the 'Kosovo Open 2023' Debate Tournament gathered together in Pristina around 100 young people from all over Kosovo*.  Three days long competition  demonstrated the strength and significance of critical thinking through the art of debate.

The annual tournament aims to encourage young people to use and develop skills in analytical thinking, communication, and problem-solving. "These skills are essential for building an informed and engaged society," said Arbër Zaimi, head of the Debate Center, adding that it’s been so inspiring to see so many young people actively engaged in processes that shape their future.

Through training in British Parliamentary debate and workshops on advocacy, human rights, public institutions, and policy analysis, the young participants were equipped with vital tools to become leaders and advocates of change in their communities.

"This tournament is an excellent platform for young people to practice skills that will serve them throughout life," says Valon Canhasi, one of the event's organizers. "We were impressed with the level of debate and argumentative abilities of the youth this year."

In the high school category, the top speakers triumphed:

Rina Syla as the best first speaker
Jon Maliqi as the second-best speaker
Gent Sheriff as the third-best speaker
While the winning team at the national level was Team 311, composed of Jona Olloni and Viona Humolli.

In the university category, the top speakers were announced:

Ene Aliu as the best first speaker
Olta Olloni as the second-best speaker
Behar Jashari as the third-best speaker
The winning team at the national level was Team Monte, with members Vesa Vishaj and Ora Osmani.

The 'Kosovo Open 2023' is organized by the Debate Center and supported by the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) within the Debate4Education project. The initiative continues to contribute to the development of young people and to strengthen the foundations of democratic society in Kosovo through the empowerment and education of youth.

This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.