Seven teenage mothers and two young girls living in an assisted living project debated with care professionals, municipal council members and the welfare and care alderman Nelleke Vedelaar of Zwolle municipality on Friday the 20th of March. They did so for the IDEA NL iDebate4Care Debate in the Neighbourhood project.

March 30, 2015

How do languages open your world?

That is the question that high school students from the Netherlands are invited to answer in the Education First (EF) High School Challenge. The Challenge is held in all countries that EF is active in and IDEA NL is co-organiser of the competition in the Netherlands. 

February 17, 2015

The fruits of the Africa Works Debate Tree

80% of the colourful participants of the Africa Works conference stated: Africa Works!  Among them: Julia Duncan-Cassel (Minister of Development Liberia), Christiaan Rebergen (Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation, Ministery of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), Pedzisai Maedza (ASC Thesis Award winner), and a number of Ambassadors, Hans Doctor (Special Ebola Representative) and many other professionals with a passion for Africa. 

October 21, 2014

IDEA Netherlands (NL) will be launching its new method to grow through debating: 'The Debate Tree' at the Africa Works Conference 16 and 17 October. The project is aimed at young African professionals and the conference on creating new partnerships is organised by The Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) and the African Studies Centre (ASC). The tree space provides the event participant an opportunity to hang out, to have a drink and to reflect about the most important statement of the event and discuss topics that emerge from the workshops.

October 08, 2014

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

The position of migrant youth in the labour market, the responses of African families to public authorities, the treatment of undocumented asylum seekers and the relations between the Netherlands and the Congo: all were discussed during the concluding event of the IDEA project  Inclusion of African Youth in Europe in Nieuwspoort, Den Haag on May 22. Five participants of the project presented their advocacy cases to a public of experts, young people with African roots and policy makers.

May 26, 2014

From May 9 – 11, the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) organized the exchange ‘Connecting Youth to Society.’ At the Exchange, around 100 youth professionals and young people from all over the world discussed how to give young people a voice through education, debate and by raising their awareness about worldwide issues.

May 20, 2014