Masters of the Digital Future – Banka Slovenije's Debate Project

Banka Slovenije invites teachers to take part in the Masters of the Digital Future debate project, which will take place during the 2023/2024 school year under the patronage of Slovenia’s President, Nataša Pirc Musar, and Banka Slovenije's Governor, Boštjan Vasle. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Slovenian debate organisation Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga (Pro et Contra, Institut for Cultural Dialogue).

It is intended for students in the last three grades of primary school and for secondary-school students.

As part of this project, young people will reflect on and discuss the meaning of digitalisation for the banking system, contemporary payment methods and current economic trends, as well as the impact of digital advances on artificial intelligence, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals associated with AI.

The project is intended for both teachers and young people who would like to learn more about the various methods of debate and how they are used in debating competitions, as well as those who are already familiar with them. Competitions will take place in different groups based on the level of familiarity with the debate methodology.


Project programme

  • Tuesday, 29 August 2023, Banka Slovenije:
    Debate seminar for new and experienced coaches – presentation of the debate methodology and the topics included in the debate project
  • Wednesday, 4 October 2023:
    Meet Banka Slovenije – open house day and launch of the debate project: an interesting training programme for primary- and secondary-school students that also features a tour of the Banka Slovenije Museum
  • The 2023/2024 school year:
    visits to primary and secondary schools – holding debate seminars in collaboration with specialists at Banka Slovenije and the organisation Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga
  • January/February 2024:
    debate tournament qualifiers – holding debate tournament qualifiers and selecting the finalists
  • Saturday, 11 May 2024,
    Banka Slovenije: the debate finals and project conclusion – selecting the project winners, with active participation by the Slovenian President, Nataša Pirc Musar, and the Banka Slovenije Governor, Boštjan Vasle

Prize for the winners: a trip to Frankfurt, along with a tour of the European Central Bank (ECB). After the end of the debate project, all the finalists will meet with President Nataša Pirc Musar at the Presidential Palace.