How can you save money when you have no money to spend? How can you pay your education? Who should you talk to about financial problems, or when looking for a job? And what can be done against bullying of kids for their poverty? These were the questions young people and their parents debated in public on Friday February 27 during the Money Week in The Hague.The Leergeld Den Haag foundation and IDEA provided debate training and a public debate for youth between 7 and 14 and their parents on the topic of money and the lack thereof.

March 06, 2015

The IDEA Debate Exchange 2014 took place from 20 to 26 July in Hoorn, Netherlands. Fifty student debaters from across Europe took part in the event which was set up to develop new ideas for debate training, events and for creating more sustainable development of their own debate organisations.

All the workshops have finished, the wrap-up of the project has started and the participants have headed home however the effects of the IDEA Debate Exchange will last longer than the training event itself.

July 28, 2014

The Netherlands should repay people whose ancestors it has enslaved. At least, that is what the proposition argued in a show debate on the second training day of the IDEA Debate Exchange. The proposition argued that this would only be fair as a repayment of debts for crimes that Dutch society benefited from and for which the slaves were harmed and their ancestors still suffer.

July 23, 2014

How do you give basic debate training? How do you set up debating societies in countries that do not have an existing debate culture? How do you organise your debate club to get the best out of your members? The participants of the IDEA Debate Exchange grappled with these and other questions in the picturesque surroundings of historic port city Hoorn on Monday the 21st of July.

July 22, 2014

Participants will be arriving in Hoorn (NH) today for the IDEA Debate Exchange. A total of 44 participants from seventeen different European countries will exchange ideas, train each other in debate-related topics, and build new experience in the process. The trainings will cover areas such as capacity building of debate organisers, training of trainers and how to spread debate to new areas. 

July 20, 2014

From July 21 to 25, 2014, the city of Gonaïves, also known as the City of Independence of Haiti, located 160 kms from the capital, Port-au-Prince, will host the seventh national debate camp of the Youth Initiative Program of FOKAL, member of IDEA NL. About sixty high-school students from six departments in the country will participate in this national event. The summer camp will be housed at the Admiral Killick hotel in Gonaives and the competition will be held at the Immaculate Conception College.

July 16, 2014

Forty health care professionals from different countries participated in a debate training led by IDEA NL trainers Roeland Hemsteede and Yvonne Heselmans on May 6. They learned how to present their ideas more strongly and structure their arguments better. They will make use of these new skills in their presentations of their research for the KIT Master of Public Health in Health Development. They used the workshop to find the core of their own ideas and most important arguments for their case.

May 12, 2014

‘This Eurovision won’t have one winner. We’ll find new collaborations to make youth win!’

During this Eurovision Song Contest weekend, IDEA NL welcomes over 100 young to young-at-heart professionals from all over the world to the exchange ‘Connecting Youth to Society’ and to celebrate IDEA’s 15th anniversary from 9th till 12th of May. This international meeting focused on debate will suitably take place at debate centre De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam.

May 08, 2014

IDEA NL trainers Yvonne Heselmans and Roeland Hemsteede gave a debate workshop to volunteers from the LGBT organisation Rainbow City Rotterdam on Sunday April 13. The nine volunteers visit schools to educate students and promote social acceptance of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and everything in between.The youth educators learned about basic debate methodology and how to use it in their education campaign.

April 16, 2014

Twenty participants from the New Urban Collective in Amsterdam Bijlmer participated in a debate training and public debate on employment and education on Sunday the 16th of March. The participants from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds learned new debate skills and later grilled candidates for the local elections of March 19th.

March 17, 2014