Taking part in Switzerland's biggest debating competition and competing with young debaters at the Regional Finals and the National Finals - do you think this is an exciting extracurricular activity? Then get in touch with us!

Regional Finals

The best debaters from the internal school qualifications get to compete in the Regional Finals. This years' Regional Finals are held in the following cities: 

The students impressed me: they debated confidently and freely; they could be in a political debate in a council or in the media at any time.
Michel Matthias Council of States Zug

National Final

The best participants of all Regional Finals meet in spring for the big National Final. Outside of the debating competition we organise a general programme, which can include for example a visit to the House of Parliament and a Q&A with Members of Parliament.

The participation at the National Final is without a doubt a wonderful experience for debate enthusiasts and a highlight of the programme year.

Winners of the National Final 2024:

  • Secondary I german-speaking Switzerland: Alina Stadler, Sekundarschule Pratteln
  • Secondary I french-speaking Switzerland: Esteban Fiaux & Félix Paillard, École secondaire de Moudon-Lucens et environs
  • Secondary II german-speaking Switzerland: Leno Ernesto Ferrara, Kantonsschule Menzingen
  • Secondary II french-speaking Switzerland: Victoria Rauber & Ilham Schreiber, Gymnase français de Bienne

Winners of the Wegweiser Ethics Award 2024:

  • Nicolas Mezger, Gymnasium Thun
  • Zélie Hatt, EPS de Béthusy
  • Elena Sophia Schorn, Kantonsschule Zug

The Jury

At the Regional Finals and the National Final, the participants are judged by a jury of personalities from politics, education, the media, the professional world and YES Alumni. The following four criteria are decisive:

Assessment Criteria

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    General knowledge of the debate issue, ability to look at the issue from different perspectives (economic, social, ecological, political etc.).

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    Correct and complete sentence structure, clear language with appropriate rhythm and tonality, verbal statements accompanied by appropriate gestures and facial expressions.

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    Conversational Skills

    Respecting speaking times, listening without undue interruption, dealing with arguments from the other side, involvement, rebuttal, appropriate and respectful behaviour.

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    Sound, justified and comprehensible arguments, original and structured rhetoric, appropriate use of rhetorical figures, authenticity in debate, dealing with the audience.

Andras Viranyi

You can reach Andras Viranyi by email or on +41 76 302 71 99.