ABOUT IDEA NL

The International Association of Debate Education organisations

The International Debate Education Association, IDEA NL, is established in  Amsterdam, nov. 1999. IDEA NL is governed by a network of constitutional members.  The members are debate (network) organisations who are very active in organising debate events for young people.  At the moment we have 18 members in 18 countries. The members are the General Assembly, the highest governing body of IDEA NL. General Assembly of IDEA NL delegates its duty to an international Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is managing the IDEA NL on a daily basis.  Besides the members, IDEA has also many affiliated partners such as universities, youth centres, NGO’s, knowledge centres or semi- governmental institutes.

The current members are:

1. Asociace Debatnich Klubu (ADK) - Czech Republic

https://debatovani.cz/

2. Asociatia Romana de Dezbateri, Oratorie si Retorica (ARDOR) - Romania

https://ardor.org.ro/

3. Centar za kulturu dijaloga (CKD) - Bosnia and Herzegovina

http://www.ckdbih.com/ 

4. Debate Association (DA) - Turkey 

5. Debate Center (DC) - Latvia

https://www.debasucentrs.lv/

6. Debating Society of Greece (DSG) - Greece

http://debating.gr/

7. Informal Education Debate Center (EDC) - Lithuania

8. Estonian Debating Society (EDS) - Estonia

https://argument.ee/

9. Fondation Connaissance et Liberté (FOKAL) - Haïti

https://fokal.org/

10. New Vision (NV) - Ukraine

https://www.newvision.org.ua/ 

11. Open Communication (OK) - Serbia

https://www.facebook.com/ok.debate/ 

12. Slovak Debate Association (SDA) - Slovakia

http://www.sda.sk/

13. Association of German Speaking University Debating Societies (VDCH) - Germany

http://www.vdch.de/en/ 

14. Youth Educational Forum (YEF) - Macedonia

https://mof.mk/ 

15. Fundacja Polska Debatuje, Poland

http://www.polskadebatuje.org/ 

16. Za In Proti, Slovenia

http://www.zainproti.com/web/

17. Hrvatsko Debatno Društvo / Croatian Debate Society (HDD) - Croatia

http://hdd.hr/ 

 18. Global Commun, Spain

 

We furthermore have warm bonds with other members of the global IDEA network. Together we form the governing board of the IDEA network and our Executive President sits on the Executive Board of Directors.

IDEA UK Network member                                                                                United Kingdom 

IDEA SEE Network member                                                                               Macedonia

IDEA MENA   Network member                                                                          Tunisia

IDEA Central Asia Network member                                                                  Kyrgiza                                                       

 

Mission and vision

Through debate education IDEA promotes mutual understanding and an active, well- informed citizenship around the world. IDEA is a world leading provider of debate education. It serves hundreds of thousands of educators and youth every month with resources, training and events. IDEA works with schools and universities, debate organizations and community groups. It partners with foundations, NGOs, businesses, and governments. Our work leads to more deliberative communities, enhanced cultural exchange and greater academic excellence.

What we do

IDEA works with young people from all over the world in communities with little or no history of debate or informed public discussion. We teach critical thinking, advocacy, conflict resolution, public speaking skills and the desire and capacity to look respectfully and rationally at other people’s points of view. IDEA creates local clubs and establishes independent debate associations throughout the world, offering young people the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge by voicing and critically examining issues that directly affect their lives.

Debate is a valuable educational tool

We believe that debate is a valuable educational tool, not only because repeated studies have shown that it improves critical thinking, academic achievement, and public speaking, but also because it encourages the desire to engage in social and political issues from an informed and rational position. In teaching the skills essential for a balanced and worthwhile consideration of and contribution to any issue, we believe that debate is a lively and informative educational tool.

We believe that the skills acquired from even the most basic debate training are important, if not essential, for a valuable contribution to any part of a person’s professional, social and personal development.

Debate education for all

IDEA believes that the value of debate as an educational tool isn’t limited to the traditional setting of a classroom, but should be offered to marginalised and disadvantaged communities as a means to offering young people a voice in the societies they live in, as well as their own personal and professional advancement. That is why IDEA has launched the ‘Debate in the Neighbourhood’ program in the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Estonia and Romania that brings debate to community centres, schools and youth groups in urban communities.

Aaron Fishbone (Bratislava) - President

Aaron debated for the University of Vermont (USA) from 1998-2002. He spent five years actively involved with the IDEA network, including 4 times as a trainer at IDEA Youth Forums and 3 times as a curriculum committee member. During this time he also served 3 years as a member of the board of the District of Columbia Urban Debate League. Despite doing other things like getting a masters degree in public administration, running political campaigns, serving four years in the Mayor's Office of the City of Seattle (WA, USA), and being a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany, Aaron has kept returning to debate projects, serving as the founding director of the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League summer institute in the summer of 2015 and on the curriculum committee of the Debating Threats to Democracy Program in Bratislava in March 2017. For the last 3.5 years Aaron has been the communications director of two electric mobility companies based in Bratislava - GreenWay and Voltia. 

 

Miha Andrič (Ljubljana) is a philosopher, sociologist and international debate teacher. Currently he serves as the head of education at the National Debate Organisation Slovenia (ZIP) and as a president of the Society for development of Humanities. He is program director of several international debate academies (ESU Turkey, MSDA Moscow, Mediterranean Schools Academy Tunis) and the head of Speech & Debate program Bežigrad. As a guest lecturer Miha has trained students and teachers in different countries all around the world from the USA, Canada and Russia to Israel, Palestine, Kuwait, UK, Turkey, India and as well as in many European countries. In the past he served as Chief Adjudicator at many international debate tournaments (NSDA, PDS, JSMU, EurOpen, Greenhill, Bluebonnet, FinnBrit) and he has been the head coach of national world schools team Slovenia from 2014. Beside his debate work, Miha is involved in many educational projects such as International Philosophy Olympiad, International Public Policy Forum, Community of Ethics teachers in Europe and others. 

 

Jens Henning Fischer (Berlin) studied law and political science. He is the co-founder of the Berlin Debating Union, and has taught debate and speaking in dozens of countries. He was the chairman of both the European and World Universities Debating Council, the governing bodies that awards and regulates the respective competitions. Jens owns and operates "Besser Reden", a Berlin based communications and presentation consultancy. He is the head of legal training of Model International Criminal Court (http://model-icc.org), and president of the German Debate Alumni Society (Deutsche Debattiergesellschaft).

 

Bojan Marjanović (Zagreb) is a coach and project manager with 20 years of experience in respective fields. As the CEO of Croatian Debate Society, he is the national coordinator of debate-related youth work, youth participation projects and over 150 debate youth clubs. Bojan is a coach in the field of debate, critical thinking, communication, and organizational management. Both through CDS and through serving as a trainer for the National Teachers Training Agency and the Croatian National Agency for Mobility and EU programs, he has worked with young people and organizations from over 50 countries. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for Europe goes local long term project between the National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action program and expert for accreditation of youth organization within EVS/ESS programs. He was a convener of World Schools Debating Championship 2018 and is a convener of Winter Holidays Open, Europe's largest high school debate tournament.

 

Elena Micajkova (Amsterdam) started with debating in 2009. Between 2009 - 2013 she served as organiser of numerous debates and youth activities as part of the Debate Society and Youth Organization in Macedonia. She studied behavior and economics at UvA and Utrecht University. Currently Elena is working in the fintech industry. 

 

Sharmila Parmanand (Cambridge) is currently a PhD candidate in Gender Studies and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. She has served as a guest judge or trainer in debating events for university and high school students and teachers in over 45 countries and has coached the national high school teams of the Philippines and Palestine over a period of five years. She has been appointed to adjudication teams across most major university debating competitions (World Championships in Berlin, European Championships in Athens, Austral-Asians in Melbourne and Seoul, Asians in Dhaka and Bangkok, North Americans Debating Championships in the US, and Pan-Americans in Jamaica). She has taught university-level speech and research courses at the University of Vermont and Ateneo de Manila University and the upcoming World Schools Universities Debating Championship in Mexico in 2020. She was previously a policy director at a leading anti-trafficking nonprofit in the Philippines and is an advocacy officer for Filipino Freethinkers. 

 

Gedminė Marija Račkienė (Vilnius) has been a significant contributor to Lithuanian Debating Community in the capacity of a debater, coach and organizer for more than 13 years. Currently she serves as a board member for Educational Debate Center Lithuania. She debated as part of Team Lithuania in World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) ’06 Wales and ’07 South Korea. Later on, she moved on to coaching: WSDC in ’12, South Africa; ’10 Qatar, IDEA forum in ’09 Bosnia, ’11 Turkey and ’12 Mexico. She was a trainer and a coordinator of debate projects in Lithuania, Finland, Thailand and China. Gedmine has a degree in political science and work experience in management consulting and account management. 

 

Daniel Schut (Haarlem) debated for Bonaparte/University of Amsterdam for a very long time and can't even quit debating in his professional life: he now trains and coaches politicians, lawyers, CEO's and consultants in all skills related to debating, i.e. presentation skills, argumentation, analysis, framing, etc.

 

Raminta Dereskeviciute (London)

 

IDEA NL is an association of statutory members. At this moment IDEA NL has 18 members who govern IDEA NL in the General Assembly. See for more information in the statutes here.

1. Asociace Debatnich Klubu (ADK) - Czech Republic

https://debatovani.cz/

2. Asociatia Romana de Dezbateri, Oratorie si Retorica (ARDOR) - Romania

https://ardor.org.ro/

3. Centar za kulturu dijaloga (CKD) - Bosnia and Herzegovina

http://www.ckdbih.com/ 

4. Debate Association (DA) - Turkey 

5. Debate Center (DC) - Latvia

https://www.debasucentrs.lv/

6. Debating Society of Greece (DSG) - Greece

http://debating.gr/

7. Informal Education Debate Center (EDC) - Lithuania

8. Estonian Debating Society (EDS) - Estonia

https://argument.ee/

9. Fondation Connaissance et Liberté (FOKAL) - Haïti

https://fokal.org/

10. New Vision (NV) - Ukraine

https://www.newvision.org.ua/ 

11. Open Communication (OK) - Serbia

https://www.facebook.com/ok.debate/ 

12. Slovak Debate Association (SDA) - Slovakia

http://www.sda.sk/

13. Association of German Speaking University Debating Societies (VDCH) - Germany

http://www.vdch.de/en/ 

14. Youth Educational Forum (YEF) - Macedonia

https://mof.mk/ 

15. Fundacja Polska Debatuje, Poland

http://www.polskadebatuje.org/ 

16. Za In Proti, Slovenia

http://www.zainproti.com/web/

17. Hrvatsko Debatno Društvo / Croatian Debate Society (HDD) - Croatia

http://hdd.hr/ 

 18. Global Commun, Spain

 

ANBI Gegevens
Naam organisatie: International Debate Education Association Netherlands, IDEA NL
RSIN: 811962684
KVK: 34123716

Contact:
IDEA NL International Debate Education Association 
Mariahoek 16/17
3511 LG Utrecht (Randstad)
The Netherlands 
E: info@idebate.nl 
T: +31 30 533 12 94
W nl.idebate.org

Organisatiedoelen
Naast deze gegevens over de structuur vraagt de nieuwe wet over openbaarmaking van gegevens ons om onze organisatiedoelen te beschrijven. Deze staan uitgebreid beschreven in de tekst over IDEA. Hier is nog de vereiste samenvatting:

Missie
De missie van IDEA is het bevorderen van onderling begrip en respect en het versterken van de democratie wereldwijd. IDEA doet dit door op lokaal niveau discussies en actief burgerschap aan te moedigen door middel van debattrainingen en het organiseren van debatten, discussies en (inter)nationale debatevenementen. IDEA brengt debat waar dat nog niet aanwezig is, en stimuleert daarmee dat jongeren actief betrokken zijn bij de maatschappij en hun mening kunnen en durven geven.

Visie
IDEA ondersteunt en verspreid de idealen van vrijheid van meningsuiting, tolerantie en een open samenleving waarin iedereen mee kan doen. Wij gebruiken debat als middel om dat te bereiken en richten ons daarbij voornamelijk op jongeren. We stimuleren jongeren om zelf actief te worden en hun eigen doelen na te streven als actieve burgers.

IDEA organiseert activiteiten en trainingen voor jongeren, jongerenorganisaties en mensen die met jongeren werken. Jongeren worden over het algemeen besproken in de politiek, zonder daarbij zelf veel inspraak te hebben; ze zijn minder georganiseerd en weten vaak niet hoe ze de politieke en maatschappelijke discussie kunnen beïnvloeden. IDEA biedt hen via debattrainingen en discussiebijeenkomsten de mogelijkheid om nieuwe debatvaardigheden te leren en geeft ze inzicht in hoe zij zelf gehoord kunnen worden.

Jaarverslagen, financiële verantwoording en activiteitenplannen
Als laatste geven wij hier inzage in onze jaarverslagen, activiteitenplannen en financiële verantwoording. Deze passen we ieder jaar aan zodra het bestuur en de accountant de nieuwe documenten accepteren. Wij moeten ook ons beloningsplan openbaar maken.  Wij bieden ook een summier overzicht in onze activiteiten op de activiteitenpagina, en beschrijven alle afgeronde activiteiten in nieuwsberichten op de voorpagina. De financiële verantwoording en activiteitenplannen staan onderaan de pagina als bijlagen. 

Bestuurssamenstelling:
Een uitgebreidere uitleg over het bestuur en hoe dit zich verhoudt tot de leden en het dagelijks bestuur is te vinden onder het kopje organisatie. Het bestuur bestaat uit:

President: Aaron Fishbone
Leden:  Daniël Schut, Gedmine Bubnyte, Sharmilla Parmanand, Miha Andric, Elena Micajkova, Bojan Marjanovic, Raminta Dereskeviciute, Ton Sonneveldt (erelid)

Het bestuur is onbezoldigd.
 

Leden
Hier staan alle leden van de Algemene Ledenvergadering:
Centar za Kulturu Dijaloga (CKD) - Bosnië Herzegovina
Verband der Debattierclubs an Hochschulen e.V. (VDCH) - Duitsland
Estonian Debating Society - Estland
Debating society of Greece - Griekenland
Fondation Connaisance et Liberté (FOCAL/FOKAL) - Haïti
Hrvatsko Debatno Drustvo (HDD) - Kroatië
Debate Center Latvia - Letland
Informal Education Debate Center - Litouwen
Youth Educational Forum (YEF/MOF) - Macedonië
ARDOR: Asociatia Romana de Dezbateri, Oratorie si Retorica - Roemenië
Polska Debatuje - Polen
Open Communication (OK) - Servië
Zvda in Proti (ZiP) - Slovenië
Slovak Debate Association - Slowakije
Asociace Debatnich Klubu (ADK) - Tsjechië
Debate Association - Turkije
New Vision - Oekraïne

Medewerkers en vrijwilligers

Yvonne Heselmans: Executive Director 

Daan Welling; international project officer

Enilsa Magjistar; Communication officer

Paul van Dijck: Book keeper

Pieter de Wit; Controller

Annemarie van Ede: office manager

Sem Wennekes; Debat in de Buurt

Vereiste documentatie

Uittreksel en jaarverslagen

Executive Director 

Yvonne HESELMANS

yheselmans@idebate.nl

 

Project Officer 

Daan WELLING

dwelling@idebate.nl

 

Capacity Building Officer

Ondrej SCHÜTZ

schutz@sda.sk 

 

Communication Officer

Enilsa MAGJISTARI 

emagjistari@idebate.nl

 

Office Manager 

Annamarie VAN EDE

avanede@idebate.nl

 

Bookkeeper 

Paul VAN DIJCK

finance@idebate.nl 

 

 

 

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