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IDEA Debate Exchange 2015
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Student debate organisations stimulate the use of debate by young people, teach important skills to their members, participate in competition and organise tournaments, promote debate in broader society and aim to improve the quality of societal debates. These organisations often work on their own and build up their own knowledge, which is sometimes lost as leadership changes. IDEA wishes to stimulate student debate organisations to promote debate further, and to cooperate more so that they will become more effective at spreading debate. The IDEA Debate Exchange 2015 aims to provide student debate organisations an opportunity to exchange best practices in training, organising and promoting debate. The goal is to improve the organisational capacities and sustainability of these student organisations and to thereby promote their reach to other young people, their effectiveness in debate trainings and organising debate events and their impact on their societies. The Exchange will stimulate the exchange of ideas, build their capacities, seek new inroads for cooperation and teach new training methodologies to the participants. The 7-day event will provide a series of workshops, seminars a panel discussion and implementation day. Experienced trainers from partner organisations provide interactive workshops in their general area of expertise, in either training or organisation or debate promotion, while the seminars allow all participants to share insights from their specific knowledge area, raise questions or present plans in order to get input from other partners with similar experiences, while a panel discussion looks at the future of European cooperation and ways to promote debate in each country. The implementation day will allow all participants to put what they have learned into practice and reflect on how they can best use their skills and knowledge. It will also offer participants an opportunity to further develop cooperation ideas to make them into feasible project plans. The trainings will be participant-driven and created by the partner organisation. They will be recorded and summarised for further use by those not present at the Exchange. IDEA will support the further development of cooperation ideas built at or on the basis of the Exchange.

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