We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.

 ESU World 2008
The World Schools Debating Championships is an annual English-language debating tournament for high school-level teams representing different countries.

In recent years, the Championships have involved teams from around 35 nations each year. Each team has 5 members and the tournament brings together the best high school debaters in the world.

Scotland has been represented in every World Schools Debating Championships since their inception in 1998. Scotland is one of only three nations to have won the championships on three occasions.

At the 2007 tournament, held in Seoul, South Korea, Team Scotland won the World Championships defeating Singapore in the final. This truly is a fantastic achievement for all involved. The victory was thoroughly deserved and received a lot of media recognition.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, said of the victory: ‘Congratulations to the Scottish Schools Debating Team on a fantastic victory. It shows that having a guid Scots tongue can lead to success on the world stage’.

The Scottish team also reached the quarter finals in 2009.

In 2011, the Championships came to Scotland, and were hosted wonderfully by Dundee. Scotland reached the semi-finals that time around, but then went even further in South Africa 2012 and won the Championships for the fourth time.

If you would like further information about the WSDC team or about how to apply to become a member, please contact debates@esuscotland.org.uk.

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