About the Program:

As OIC Youth Capital 2020, Dhaka will organize yearlong activities consisting of 9 different events. Among them is an International Debate Competition titled “Bangabandhu-Dhaka International Debate Fest for OIC Youth (BDIDF)” for young people of OIC Countries, age 18-35, who are interested in learning the art of policy debate, developing political leadership skills, debating pressing community issues and increasing their capacity to contribute to policy reform on the local and national level. Keeping in mind that the interscholastic competitive debate is universally valuable because it promotes self-expression, cultural understanding, academic exchange, critical thinking, tolerance, and civic discourse, Bangabandhu-Dhaka International Debate Fest for OIC Youth (BDIDF) is committed to connecting young debaters across Islamic Countries and to overcoming social, economic, and institutional barriers to debate competitions.

Objectives:

  • To harness and showcase the knowledge and debating skills of the youth
  • To create a platform where participants learn from each other and co-produce knowledge.
  • To give the youth a platform to show skills and make their voice heard
  • With the subjective content selection, creating an intellectual platform to know Bangladesh.
  • To realize the simultaneous opportunities for leadership and group participation.
  • To participate effectively in situations where decisions must be made
  • To help the youth in developing critical thinking skills
  • To help create a network of debaters among the OIC countries.

Tournament Format:

The debates would be started with regional format and end up with TAB format through grand finale.

  • Regional League: This league will be defined in 5 different group like, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Mixed Region (America, Oceania & Europe) and Bangladesh.
    • National League: 8 teams from Bangladesh will be automatically qualify to the International Tournament as host country privilege.
    • International League: Rest of 5 regions will have their own debate competition. Every country from their respective region can participate in the regional tournament. Each regional tournament can have a maximum number of 24 teams. Each country can have maximum of teams participating in the competition. Teams will compete on web platforms and adjudication will be rendered on the same platforms too.
  • Final League: 8 top teams from each region and 8 top teams from Bangladesh will be invited to participate in the international layer and final round of the competition. The international layer will have a total of 40 teams which will be set in 8 group. Grouping system will be generated in Live Lottery System.

Tournament structure:

Regional & National Layer

  • Competition rules will follow British Parliamentary (BP) Format.
  • Maximum of 24 teams can participate in both Regional and National competition.
  • 4 teams will participate in each debate session with two teams representing the proposition and two teams representing the opposition
  • In the preliminary round, 24 teams will be divided into 8 groups.
  • Teams from 8 groups will play in a TAB format where 8 teams with most points will qualify for the international round.
  • Semi Final round will consist of 8 teams divided into two groups with two teams with maximum point from each group will move to Final round.
  • Top 4 teams will participate in the final round where Champion, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner up will be decided in accordance to each team’s point tally.

International Layer

  • Competition rules will follow British Parliamentary (BP) Format.
  • Top 8 teams from 5 region will participate in the International Layer.
  • Total of 40 teams will participate.
  • 4 teams will participate in each debate session with two teams representing the proposition and two teams representing the opposition
  • In the preliminary round, 40 teams will be divided into 8 groups.
  • Teams from 8 groups will play in a TAB format where 8 teams with most points will qualify for the international round.
  • Semi Final round will consist of 8 teams divided into two groups with two teams with maximum point from each group will move to Final round.
  • Top 4 teams will participate in the final round where Champion, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner up will be decided in accordance to each team’s point tally.

National Competition:

  • Maximum of 24 teams will participate in the national competition.
  • National Competition will also follow the British Parliamentary (BP) format.
  • 8 top teams from the national competition will qualify for the international round.

Evaluation Criteria for Participation

  • Participant from all over the world
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Well conversant in digital technology with good internet connectivity.
  • Aged between 18–35
  • Interested in debating, international affairs and general knowledge

Registration Rules:

  • Teams can have 2 members in accordance with British Parliament (BP) Format
  • Age range for member is 18-35
  • Delegations can register up to 2 teams. All additional teams are wait-listed by default

Adjudicators of the Tournament:

Preferably, OIC Secretariat/Nominees, ICYF Secretariat/Nominees and Bangladesh Debate Federation Secretariat/Nominees

Proposed Timeline:

TopicProposed Date
Registration Start9th April 2021
Regional Competition7th May 2021
International Competition21st May 2021
Winner Declaration29th May 2021

 

Certificate & Prize Money:

Full attended participants will be awarded a verified certificate issued by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Ministry of Youth & Sports of Bangladesh and ICYF.

Based on the evaluation of the submitted policy paper and the engagements of the participants during the virtual session, prize money will be awarded. Probable prize money:

Winner: 2000USD
1st Runner Up: 1000 USD
2nd Runner Up: 750 USD


Conclusion:

The goal of this competition is not limited to create hype but also to integrate the Mujib 100th Birth year with an International competition. Bangabandhu-Dhaka International Debate Fest for OIC Youth (BDID) aim is to fight the hurdles the coronavirus has brought to us and use technology and innovation to unite the youth through an international competition.