Project Goals

The IDEA Debate Exchange aims to make student debate organisations more effective at attaining their goals: promoting and strengthening debate in their universities, cities, regions and societies. We aim to:

  • Provide participants training in training skills, curriculum development and training of trainers and judges so as to improve the quality of debate trainings in their organisations;
  • Significantly increase the quality and professionalising training by trainers in as many European countries as possible; 
  • Build up a network of experienced debate trainers across Europe, that can support each other and learn from each other; 
  • Provide participants training in debate organising skills such as event and project management, evaluation, membership recruitment and development, knowledge transfer fundraising and management in order to make debate organisations more effective at promoting debate and reaching out to more people;
  • Provide participants training in how to promote debate outside of competition and how to use debate skills in other areas, for example, how to use public debates, how to give trainings to groups of different backgrounds and how to use debate in politics;
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to share their specific knowledge or experience or discuss specific problems theyencounter and seek advice, or develop cooperation projects and share ideas on how to improve debate promotion across Europe, thereby supporting the development of further cooperation between European debate organizations;
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to test their skills in simulations of debates, tournaments, project development and trainings in order to immediately put their skills to the test and stimulate further independent participation;
  • Enable participants to think through the potential of debate as a learning vehicle for development of skills related to citizenship, education, work and other aspects of life;
  • Articulate the importance of debating European values as pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.