Agora 2020

13 November 2020
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Secrets + lies: exploring whistleblowing and national security

Agora is The Economist Educational Foundation’s immersive event for young people. Schools around the UK will join together for discussion and decision-making about the web of questions generated by whistleblowing.

This year, the story revolves around government worker, Ana Weber. Ana has blown the whistle and released classified information to a newspaper. The question of whether she should be punished for doing so will be argued and debated over the course of the day.

You'll hear arguments for either side of the debate and you’ll work together in the classroom and online to discuss these, before reaching a final verdict: should someone sharing classified information be punished?

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“This will undoubtably have a profoundly positive impact on students, building confidence and scepticism in their studies and life.”

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Find out about last year's event!

In 2019, students were asked: should a university city defend open debate or protect their community from harm?

The story took place in the fictional city of Briford, and students had to follow the quickly developing, 'Briford News'. The top story was that Briford University was under fire for inviting a controversial author to debate the argument made in her latest book. The invitation had outraged students and the public alike, so the university proposed that a vote should be held in order to decide the best course of action.