#ClimateOfChange Edition

The debate contest “EXPONI le Tue IDEE!”, started out in the school year 2014 – 2015.

Exponi consists of confrontations between teams of students of II, III, IV and V classes of high school in structured debates, before qualified judges.

The 2020/2021 edition of the debate contest is part of the “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change” – in short, #ClimateOfChange project, led by WeWorld and involving 16 European organizations, the project is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Programme.

The initiative aims to inform young Europeans about the complex relationships between climate change and migration, to create a movement of informed people, ready to change their lifestyle and to request new development policies (For more information visit the page of the project.)

The debate competition will be held in 13 European countries, including Italy. Within the project “ClimateofChange” two debate contest will be conducted: one intended for young teenagers (16-19 years old) with teams of 6 students, and a second contests for young university students (19-26 years old), with teams of 3 students.

The Italian team winner of the contest in English for high school and the Italian team winner of the university contest will have the opportunity to participate in the Pan-European final which will take place in November 2021 in Brussels.

The 26 finalists from all European countries involved will visit the 4 countries covered by the research conducted by the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna and will get to know the faces and stories of those who are forced to migrate.



The topics that students are invited to discuss at the conference are global issues: human rights, inclusion, participation, environmental protection, non-discrimination, migration and development, youth policies…

Specifically, the national finals of the 2020/2021 edition and the pan-European finals will have a specific focus on climate change and migration, also highlighting the interconnection to the current development model, our economic system and our own lifestyle.


High schools
Students of II, III, IV and V class of Italian High school can form extracurricular teams (if students come from different classes) or curricular teams (each class constitutes a team).

Each school creates 2, 4 or 8 teams that will compete in an internal phase of the institute to decide the winning team that will continue in the territorial/ regional and national phases.

Each registered team is paired with a referring teacher.
Only students of II, III and IV class can participate in the territorial/ regional and national phases.

Students aged between 19 and 26 are called upon to compose teams of 3 students (plus any reserves).

For each university, the identified teams will compete in the internal phase of the institute, to decree the winning team that will continue in the territorial/ regional and national phases.

In each university, teachers or tutors will be identified.


Between October 2020 and January 2021, each team will participate in the debates organized inside schools or universities. During the debates, a jury will assign a score according to the performance, judging the speakers on the basis of analytical skills, presentation skills and content argumentation.

The team that will get the most points will be among the top positions in the school ranking to access the regional / territorial phase that will take place between March and April 2021. The winning teams in this phase will have the opportunity to meet teams from all over Italy to debate and have fun together in May 2021.

The two winning teams, one for the high school contest (6 members) and one for the university contest (3 members), will participate in the Pan-European finals in November 2021.

In Brussels, the national teams will be divided and 26 new European teams made up of young people of different nationalities will be created.

Here, 2 contests will be organized according to age groups:

– one for teenagers (aged 16 to 18)
– one for university students (aged 19 to 26)

26 selected finalists will have the opportunity to visit 4 countries covered by the research conducted by the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna and to become young ambassadors and supporters of the #ClimateOfChange campaign.

In autumn 2020, face-to-face or online training will be organized for teachers, trainers and judges in high schools and universities that will join the project. The training will be carried out by debate and public speaking experts, appointed by WeWorld to illustrate the educational methodology of the debate.

Webinar training sessions held by experts will be organized in the spring of 2021 on the topic of climate change and migration.


What is the timing of the debates?
The challenges will take place according to the following schedule (which WeWorld could modify according to specific needs):

PHASE IN SCHOOLS: Debates to be held between mid-October 2020 and January 2021
TERRITORIAL / REGIONAL PHASE: Debates on a regional / territorial basis to be held between March and April 2021.
DEBATE DAY final: by May 2021.
PAN-EUROPEAN FINALS: Debates between the winning teams in the 13 European contests will take place in November 2021.

How many topics, among those proposed, must be chosen in the first phase of the Institute (October 2020- January 2021)?
Each teacher or referring tutor must indicate to WeWorld (exponi@weworld.it) the themes chosen from those available on this site from September 2020. The number of themes to choose varies according to the number of teams registered, All information is contained in the communications sent.

In which language will the debates take place?
For high schools:
The debates will take place in Italian in the institute phase and in the territorial phase. For the final phase, the teams can decide whether to participate in the contest in Italian or English.

We will therefore have two national winners for high schools: a team for the debates in Italian and a team for the debates in English. Only the winning team debating in English will go to Brussels.

For universities:
In all phases of the contest the debates will take place in English.

Can a team use additional tools during the debate?
In the Institute phases, electronic supports can be used.

During the territorial / regional phase and during the final phase, videos, projections and anything else that requires technological support are not allowed. However, prints, songs, photos, book quotes, etc. can be used. but they must be contextualized in the speech and explained in words, citing the sources.

I am a judge, how do I know where and when I will have to participate in a debate?
Each judge will be notified 7-10 days before the debate, but there may be situations where the timing is different. Flexibility and availability is required. In case of doubt or need, contact WeWorld promptly using the following contact details: exponi@weworld.it or

Who will contact the judges who will participate in the debate challenges?
The referring teachers are in charge of selecting the judges within their Institute.

The role of judges can be played by : teachers; school directors; students; parents; volunteers.

WeWorld will provide the posters and the material to start the search and will contact the judges assigning them to the challenges.

One of the three judges will be appointed ” referent judge” and will have to send the evaluation forms at the end of the debate.

In order to consider a volunteer as a judge of the debate, it is important that the Institute’s representatives send an email to WeWorld (exponi@weworld.it)stating: Name, Surname, email and Telephone number of the candidates.

I am a judge, what materials should I remember to bring to the debate?
It is important to get to the debate with two printed copies of the debate evaluation card (available in the reserved area of the site).

At the end of the debate, the copies with the final score, compiled clearly and legibly, must be sent by the coordinating judge to WeWorld, by mail or fax, to the following addresses: exponi@weworld.it or fax: 02.56816484.