Title of the essay ‘From voice to encounter: Cultural relations through debating with young Jordanians’ with speech bubble graphics.
From voice to encounter: Cultural relations through debating with young Jordanians. Image ©

British Council.

January 2021

This contribution to the Cultural Relations Collection draws on two evaluation reports on the Young Arab Voices (YAV) Programme. These reports feed into the recasting of YAV into it’s successor programme, Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV).

YAV and YMV use debating as a way for young people across countries in the Levant and North Africa can use their voice and gain confidence in making themselves heard.

Floresca Karanàsou and Elie Gemayel explore the value of debate for young Jordanians in connecting locally and globally with different ideas and youth in neighbouring countries and the UK. 

Questions from the evaluation are raised. The contribution calls for further examination of the resonance of debating, it’s role in Jordanian society and the role of foreign organisations working with young people in the region.

Authors

Floresca Karanàsou and Elie Gemayel

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