IDEA Debate Exchange 2016 participants trickling in

Participants from all over Europe are gathering today for the start of the third edition of the IDEA Debate Exchange in Sofia. Representatives from twenty different countries and eighteen debate organisations will get together to discuss the current state of debate in Europe, develop plans to promote debate across the continent and beyond and learn how to be better debate trainers and organisers.The IDEA Debate Exchange, hosted by the Sofia Debate Association and IDEA NL this year, brings together representatives from student-led debate organisations. It aims to build up their capacity to promote debate, train debaters, judges and coaches and to strengthen their own internal organisations.The organisations work in different circumstances and have different levels of experience: some have existed for a few decades, others for only a few years. Some work exclusively with university students, others work in high schools, primary schools and beyond the education sector. They share an ideal to spread debate and strengthen debate education. The different experiences they come from help produce different insights and ideas that all participants can learn from.After registration in Hotel Rila today, the participants have an opportunity to take a city tour, have dinner in the city centre of Sofia and meet up for drinks at Bar Dak.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.