|Project title||PoleTalk Project - Improving democratic values and debate culture among high school students|
|Thematic area||Democracy and human rights|
|Name of the organization||Association of Liberal Youth|
|Project manager||Kálóczi Krisztián|
|Project timeframe||March 15th, 2015 - February 14th, 2016|
|Amount of support||11,393 €|
As several studies suggest, Hungary is one of the least tolerant countries in the EU. Organizers believe that the reasons behind this phenomenon is the lack of the democratic culture of arguing and debating and of tolerance. Therefore the project made the promotion of political tolerance in high schools its main aim. The main activities consisted of organizing a series of debate classes in 5 high schools with altogether 20 debates with the participation of 480 students. The primary long-term aims are reaching out to the wider school communities and to produce a methodological study which includes the project promoter's experiences and the most important lessons learnt. As a result of the project, students acquire the necessary toolset for conducting political debates in a tolerant manner, while hopefully local debate clubs will be formed in the participating schools. The organizers implement the project in cooperation with a long-term partner, the well-experienced and acclaimed Republikon Institute.