RO_X 2009_291

Grant NumberRO_X 2009_291
TypeIn-Country Grant
OrganizationARDOR (Romanian Association for Debate, Oratory and Rhetoric)
Project Name“Closer to Oxford”
Amount AwardedUSD 52,745.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2010 - June 30, 2011
Project Description


The goal of the project is creating a community of students that use critical reading and knowledge-based debates as tools for civil involvement.Some of the proposed activities are: To create a core group of 15 members (ARDOR, CJI, PCRM members) specialized in critical reading; To organize 3 online polls to select a motion that reflects public interest and that will be debated online;  To attract a number of 960 students to the online debates (debates will take place on the existing platform ); To initiate 192 students in critical reading, argumentation, public speaking; To increase the practice of critical reading, peer learning, thorough research based on prominent international newspapers (The Economist, European Voice, Foreign Policy etc), knowledge based debate among 192 students from 4 cities, in the pursuit of a better understanding of complex matters of society; To discuss with Roma students issues that we all face, as Romanian citizens; To create connections between 192 students & journalists, public figures, partner NGOs; To organize 12 high standard public debates in 4 centers of higher education (Bucharest, Iasi Timisoara, Cluj Napoca); To attracting a total audience of 1200 persons at the public debates held throughout the year; Reach 7000 visitors of the project website.



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