The IDEA Debate Exchange 2015 was yet again a great success. The training and exchange event in Ljubljana for, mostly, European student debate organisations had 60 participants from 20 different countries. The Exchange focuses on strengthening the capacity of participants in debate training, organising and outreach.
The project – Let the youth talk!
FOKAL is realizing a project for and with Haitian young people, titled “Words of Youth”, since the last year - but in fact its genesis goes back to 2009. The project, conducted by its Youth Initiative Program, aims to identify the main obstacles that prevent the integration of Haitian youth into society, and the opportunities that could allow its participation into the development of Haiti.
Dutch former high school debater Caspar Jacobs moved to Oxford for studies. He has taken up working at OxHoP and started up debate workshops for the homeless who attend the centre with assistance from IDEA NL. He shares his experiences with the programme on our site.LessonsOver the past few debating sessions I have held with Oxford Homeless Pathways’ clients, there are a few observations that I have made and lessons that I have learned.
A total of 57 participants have gathered yesterday and today for the second IDEA Debate Exchange in Ljubljana. Almost twice as many as the year before and with representatives from twenty different countries in Europe and beyond. Many came on a short train ride from the Vienna European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC), others had travelled extensively to get here.
Dutch former high school debater Caspar Jacobs moved to Oxford for studies. He has taken up working at OxHoP and started up debate workshops for the homeless who attend the centre with assistance from IDEA NL.
‘Is it better to live in the UK or Bulgaria?’ is perhaps not a question most of us here in the UK think about regularly (indeed the comparison most Britons will think of is with the USA, Australia, or France) but it is of immediate relevance to one community; Bulgarians in the UK. And so it was at the Bulgarian Shkolo Vasil Levski a Bulgarian complementary school situated in Barking, East London.
Dutch former high school debater Caspar Jacobs moved to Oxford for studies. He has taken up working at OxHoP and started up debate workshops for the homeless who attend the centre with assistance from IDEA NL. He shares his experiences with the programme on our site.Oxford DebateA year after having moved to Oxford for my study, I decided to volunteer with Oxford Homeless Pathways, an organisation that provides night shelters, activities and medical assistance for the homeless population of Oxford.
How can we become better debaters and trainers, and spread debate further in high schools? Debate organisations from five different countries developed a new manual discussing these and other topics. They focused on the World Schools Debating style, but discuss other formats as well.Experienced trainers and coaches from Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Croatia came together to discuss strategies to develop better debate curriculums, and learn how to debate for tournaments as well as for educational settings.
Do you want to learn how to be a better debate trainer? Do you want to learn how to expand debate into new areas? Are you looking for new ideas on how to organise debate events or looking for opportunities to cooperate with other debaters in Europe?
People with disabilities argue for an inclusive society.
Twelve people from LFB participated in a debate training provided by IDEA NL Director Yvonne Heselmans and Anite Jillie of Jillie&Co in De Rode Hoed on the 17th of March. LFB is a Dutch interest group formed of people with a mental disability, that aims to make people better able to function in society. Among other things, by offering them IDEA NL debate training.