AKHP Cross Debate Format Training and Tournament Registration is Open

Date: 15 March 2021
The Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) regularly conducts trainings and tournaments on the Cross Debate Format (CDF) in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. AKHP has held regional tournaments by inviting students from these three countries to debate on various social, economic, and cultural issues.

CDF is a new and innovative debate format aimed at identifying topical problems, prioritizing them, and debating to find the most applicable solutions through three positions. It is a tool to examine the problem through the prism of culture/history, rational choice/economics, and construct scenarios/politics.

UCA's AKHP plans to conduct a series of online training in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and hold a regional Central Asian Tournament in 2021. The next online training and mini-tournament will be held during March 20-27, 2021 (3 day-training, 4-hours a day). The training will consist of:
Theoretical and conceptual foundations of CDF (Day I, 4 hours),
Practical debating skills (Day II, 4 hours),
A mini-tournament (Day III, 4 hours).

By the end of the training, participants will receive a UCA Certificate and become a potential participant of the Central Asian Debate Tournament-2021.


If you are fluent in English and want to improve your critical and analytical skills, reading and arguing techniques, structuring and logically presenting your ideas, and getting to know debaters from other regions of Tajikistan, we encourage you to participate in this regional tournament. Please register for the training by March 15, 2021.

The requirements for participation:
  • Be a student and/or debater in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Students who have attended CDF training in the past are not eligible to apply. Exceptions are possible subject to further consideration;
  • Students who have debating skills.

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