Date Publish: 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

IOM participated, for the second year in a row, as judge at the X Debate Tournament and the II Inter-Scholar Oratory Tournament, organized by Glasswing International, dedicated to migration, to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration and simultaneously to support the fulfillment of the right of participation of adolescents in El Salvador and Honduras.

IOM participated as a jury, which allowed specialists in the organization to listen to points made by over 100 adolescents about migratory issues including the benefits of migration, the usefulness of Temporary Protection Status (TPS, English abbreviation), and the convenience of borders between countries.

The debates centered around immigration as part of the efforts to raise awareness about the risks of irregular migration to adolescents in the capital, after the 2014 crisis generated by the surge of unaccompanied migrant children an teenagers that traveled north of the continent.

Furthermore, the aim of the tournaments was to create a space to exchange ideas, foster tolerance and the promotion of dialogue and respect, as well as to promote critical thought and oral expression in adolescents in areas affected with violence and social exclusion. In El Salvador, more than 50 secondary school students participated, from different institutes in the capital, which are part of the Glasswing Debate Club.

The Debate Club Initiative formed a part of the Youth and Community Development Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) executed in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. IOM was invited as a jury under the cooperation agreement signed with the USAID project SolucionES.

In El Salvador, the Debate Tournaments were also supported by the Salvadorian Foundation for Economy and Social Development (FUSADES) and El Diario de Hoy.

For more information, please contact:

IOM El Salvador – José Miguel Gómez -- [email protected]

IOM Honduras – Karen Arita -- [email protected]

IOM El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – Alba Miriam Amaya -- [email protected]

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Read the story published by El Diario de Hoy and watch the vídeo of the event.