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

Open Communication (OK) Serbia organised the “Little Debate School”: a series of debate seminars for high school students in December culminating in a public debate on healthy lifestyles and reproductive health on the 23rd of December. A total of 45 high school students took part in the four training sessions run by OK trainers. They covered argumentation, different debate formats and their rules, case building, debate preparation and how to structure speeches. An external expert discussed health issues with the students to better prepare them for the debate.

January 23, 2014

The Macedonia Youth Educational Forum (YEF) organised their annual Summer Academy in Ohrid from the 26th to the 30th of August. The eighty participating high school students from fourteen different cities in Macedonia learned more about civic and political rights and freedoms. They were presented with theoretical lectures in three different areas: public debates, online activism and creative expression in public space.

November 15, 2013

The Association for for Creative Communication and Debate (ACCD) in Serbia organised two one-day debate seminars for students from Southern Serbia in Deca on the 4tha nd 5th of October. Forty students of between 14 and 15 years old from Bujanovac, Vranje and Trgoviste participated in the trainings that taught them how to use debate in youth activism.

November 11, 2013

The Association for for Creative Communication and Debate (ACCD) in Serbia organised a debate seminar for debate coaches in Belgrade on the 21st and 22nd of September.

November 11, 2013

The Association for for Creative Communication and Debate (ACCD) in Serbia organised three seminars on youth activism in South Serbia for students in high school. A total of sixty-three students of Albanian and Serbian background from Bujanovac, Vranje and Trgoviste took part.

July 26, 2013

The Association for for Creative Communication and Debate (ACCD) in Serbia organised the seminar “Debate as a method of Teaching “ for middle and high school teachers from Southern Serbia. Eighteen teachers from rural schools sin Southern Serbia. gathered for the seminar, four with an an Albanian background and four with a Serbian background. 

July 11, 2013
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