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The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) gives young people a voice through education, debate and by raising their awareness about worldwide issues.

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New Project "Debating Threats to Democracy"

About IDEA

IDEA is an international network with over ten years of experience in teaching debate to young people.

We are dedicated to inspiring informed discussion around the world.

about us

Debate@Europe is an educational project for young people in six countries across Europe. It fosters dialogue and mutual understanding through online and offline debates on European issues.


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26 Nov 2014
How should we tackle financial debts of young people? How can we prevent them from getting into debt in the first place? And why is it so difficult to talk...
26 Nov 2014
IDEA NL trainer and programme officer Joost Leys has been touring his native Belgium in the past few months giving an increasing number of debate trainings to...
24 Nov 2014
The Amsterdam student debating society Bonaparte hosted a public debate about the question: “Fortress Europe: is it time for a more liberal European asylum...
12 Nov 2014
Meet our IDEA members and offices from Haïti to Lithuania. What is the power of debate according to them?  
10 Nov 2014
IDEA NL and three Dutch student debating societies are cooperating with Bürger Europas and IDEA member VDCH on a project called European Debates. The project...
3 Nov 2014
November 1, 2014, Royal Tropical Institute, AmsterdamMatovu Julius: “Because young trees make the forest thick. Africa needs youth for development.”
31 Oct 2014
IDEA member Open Communication held its annual Belgrade Open from the 24th to 26th of October, 2014. The competition, held at the Faculty of Law of the...
30 Oct 2014
IDEA Netherlands (NL) will offer a series of seven debate workshops on Tuesday evenings to the We Are Here Academy, a cooperation project of the VU University...

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RT @EleanorRudd: We have a really successful debate Club @EHWLC thanks to @idebate_uk and it is thanks to their brilliant coaches https://t…
7:50 pm - 3 Mar 17
RT @idebate_uk: Be a Debate Coach! Attend the Induction on Monday 6th March, 18:00 at Collaboration House: https://t.co/96Ey4IViGn
2:22 pm - 3 Mar 17
@7nk Thanks for alerting us. We are working on it.
9:47 am - 3 Mar 17
RT @idebate_uk: Great to welcome LSE, Imperial and Notthingham to the Big Animal Research Debate next week. https://t.co/DvWKHT7Bi9
1:38 pm - 2 Mar 17
RT @idebate_uk: Express Yourself! Host a #AnimalResearch debate w/c 6th March and make your voice heard: https://t.co/Irq6tMnoQv
12:43 pm - 1 Mar 17