International Debate Team

Bulgarian National Debate Team (2016-2017)

Eight determined and talented students from across Bulgaria represented their country at the 2017 Heart of Europe Debate Tournament in Olomouc, Czech Republic. After a rigorous application process, they received intensive debate training in May and June and worked tirelessly throughout the spring and early summer to prepare for this prestigious competition.You can find out more about the students here.

The team hailed from 5 schools and 4 cities, including Shumen, Pazardzhik, Sofia, and Varna. They competed according to World Schools Debate standards for five days. The delegation consisted of 8 talented debaters who were split into two teams:

Team Rila – Kristiya Navushtanova, Nikola Mihaylov, Rukiye-Ayshe Egeli, and Zahari Nikolaev
Team Pirin – Aleksandra Peneva, Ekaterina Pavlova, Krasimir Kirilov, and Mira Radoslavova.

Kristiya Navushtanova and Nikola Mihaylov were awarded 4th and 2nd places for BEST Individual EFL speakers at the 2017 Heart of Europe Tournament. Additionally, Team Rila was placed 6th after the preliminary rounds.

The Bulgarian National Debate Team is a joint effort between the BEST Foundation and the Sofia Debate Association and is made possible with the generous support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Team Bulgaria (2015-2016)

Team Bulgaria comprised of 10 students chosen and trained to represent our country at international World Schools Debate competitions. From the 13th to the 18th of July, Team Bulgaria took part in the Heart of Europe 2016 International Debating Tournament.

The team debated on 4 impromptu motions and the two prepared motions: “THBT the constitutions of liberal democracies should not enshrine LGBTQ rights” and “THW pay citizens to house refugees”. If you’d like to see how the team did, check out the Team Bulgaria page on Facebook!

Team Bulgaria would not have been possible without the support of Sofia Municipality, the American College of Sofia and the American University in Bulgaria. The participation fees for the Heart of Europe Debate Tournament were funded as a part of the “Debaters for a civic society” project (PR-SO 2016-PO1-028) by the Sofia Municipality “Evropa” program.