posted September 27, 2011, Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Open Society Foundation, the global philanthropy headed by the billionaire financier George Soros, will make $20-million available to educational institutions to boost debating skills around the world, reports The International Herald Tribune.

The organization’s Global Debate effort seeks to foster interest in policy issues and help young people hone their speaking skills outside the realm of elite universities that often have debating programs.

“This is something that we are hoping to change with Global Debate,” Open Society’s Noel Selegzi said. “We are encouraging community colleges and vocational schools to apply for these grants.”

Less formal institutions such as local community centers will also be eligible, he said.

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