October is Black History Month. In order to celebrate this IDEA UK's debates in Colleges and Schools that make up the World Debate Club will be focused on race and human rights. We will acknowledge and celebrate the inspirational civil rights struggle and discuss how to challenge ongoing racism in society today. What is more it is the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK and we want you to lead our clubs in joining in the celebrating of this event to inspire and encourage anyone in the black, asian and minority ethnic community.

Fellows training

Join IDEA UK's community of Fellows and provide opportunities to marginalised young people around London. 

We want to fuel the power of persuasion and empower the next generation to have their voice heard. For that we need your help. We need debate coaches to help us run and develop our World Debate Clubs in FE Colleges and Schools. These clubs train young people in how to debate, how to structure arguments, and help give them the self confidence to speak in public. 

Continuing our programmes near Finsbury park we bring our Cartooning for Change programme to the Edge Youth Hub on the 23rd August. We will be designing characters with a focus on how the character personifies the change you want to make.

We will be joined by Nigel Twumasi from Mayamada who designs British manga characters.  

The Programme:

10:15 (approx.) a short 5-minute introduction to Cartooning for Change to get you thinking about what you want to draw

Join us for the third in our series of IDEA Fellows workshops on debate and facilitation skills.

The IDEA Fellows help run iDebate's World Debate Clubs in schools and FE Colleges around London this training will introduce you to many of the skills you need both to debate and to run a club for young people. 

You can also join us if you are just interested in learning to debate or burnishing your public speaking skills (for a small fee, it is free for those signing up to be fellows).

If you are from 8 to 12 years old, near Finsbury Park, and are interested in learning a little about debate over the summer then why not join us for our junior debate training at The Edge Youth Hub? iDebate will be doing two workshops during the first two weeks August that will help teach you how to have a voice about the issues that matter to you.

Our sessions at The Edge:

Are you bored without your fix of debating over the summer? Looking for a little bit of extra training before Tallinn EUDC in August? Or just aiming to learn a little more about debate? Then join iDebate on the 24th July as Duncan Crowe delivers a debate masterclass.

The two hour session will give lots of opportunity to hone your debate skills, engage in debate, and learn about what it is IDEA is doing in and around London.

If you are interested in taking part email Duncan Crowe.

Interested in giving young people a voice? In encouraging others to practice their freedom of speech? In inspiringing the next generation of debaters? Join iDebate for the second of our summer training workships to help you learn how to teach debate to others.

The session will be split into two halves, one for newcomers to the programme and one half for more advanced debating.

18:00-19:00 Induction for New IDEA Fellows by Bien King

The International Debate Education Association is providing the chance to debaters, educators, youth activists, legal students and professionals the opportunity to empower youth in the art of influence and persuasion.

Join us on the evening of 26th April at a debate hosted by iDebate and MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Tulip Siddiq to listen to the voice of London's youth debate two key issues.

Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Should the mandatory education participation age be raised to 21?