The Great Debaters Competition is the annual showpiece of the Great Debaters Club, a social enterprise that trains its members to broaden their perspective by defending opinions other than their own.

The competition aims to offer a platform to organisations that are striving to change social attitudes towards an idea considered to be controversial, taboo, or simply ahead of its time by inviting them to decide the topics our members will debate, irrespective of their own personal opinions on them.



Do you want to brush up your public speaking and training skills? iDebate in the UK will be running our monthly masterclass with a focus on public speaking and public debates on the 7th November. The topic for the month is LGBT rights as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality. Attitudes in the UK have come on by leaps and bounds since then but where do we go next? What are the issues for the LGBT community over the next 50 years? That will be what we will be discussing in this session.

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If you are in London and want to help iDebate then come along to IDEA UK's training on Thursday 19th October. We will be introducing university students to how they can volunteer with iDebate, the programme here in the UK, and why it is good for you to volunteer with us. 

The training wil take place from 15:00-17:00 at Tech City College - nearest Angel and Old Street tube stations (northern line bank branch).



Open to: young people aged 18-30, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and Kosovo.
 



In the framework of young activists and members of the debate community capacity development programme we organize the training of trainers (ToT).

The training programme includes techniques for effective trainings management, methods of engagement and work with various youth groups, use of debate technology as an educational tool and raise of funds for the development of the debate initiatives. Graduates can be hired to work in the projects IDEA CA for the next year.



In the framework of young activists and members of the debate community capacity development programme we organize the training of trainers (ToT).

The training programme includes techniques for effective trainings management, methods of engagement and work with various youth groups, use of debate technology as an educational tool and raise of funds for the development of the debate initiatives. Graduates can be hired to work in the projects IDEA CA for the next year.



Join us for the third in our series of IDEA Fellows workshops on debate and facilitation skills.

The IDEA Fellows help run iDebate's World Debate Clubs in schools and FE Colleges around London this training will introduce you to many of the skills you need both to debate and to run a club for young people. 

You can also join us if you are just interested in learning to debate or burnishing your public speaking skills (for a small fee, it is free for those signing up to be fellows).



Interested in giving young people a voice? In encouraging others to practice their freedom of speech? In inspiringing the next generation of debaters? Join iDebate for the second of our summer training workships to help you learn how to teach debate to others.

The session will be split into two halves, one for newcomers to the programme and one half for more advanced debating.

18:00-19:00 Induction for New IDEA Fellows by Bien King



The International Debate Education Association is providing the chance to debaters, educators, youth activists, legal students and professionals the opportunity to empower youth in the art of influence and persuasion.



The IDEA Debate Exchange 2017 will be held in Turku from August 21 until August 28. The IDEA Debate Exchange aims to increase cooperation between student debate organisations in Europe and to strengthen their organisations, their reach and effectiveness. The participants exchange experiences and practices based on their work in different countries. More information can be found here



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