Andrew Baahi in the Youth Debate at Parliament April 2017

‘Debating develops a number of important skills in our students, listening, critical thinking, literacy and team work. It provides the opportunity for young people to engage and understand local, national and world issues, promotes respect and understanding and builds confidence’

Emma King, Student Engagement Manager, City and Islington College, July 2016


World Debate Club

'World Debate Club' is our debate education programme in the U.K. It is a mixture of poltical discussion, debate and dialogue. It's innovation is that each term students have the opportunity to debate with their peers around the world, by combining traditional debate & dialogue with video conferencing.

Can your students benefit from a Debate Club?

World Debate Club from iDebate supports young people to develop the necessary intercultural, advocacy and employability skills to become engaged, economically active, constructive citizens to succeed in the global economy.

Students participating in the weekly World Debate Club as part of their enrichment timetable develop their confidence in public speaking. At the same time it opens their eyes to the world around them, raising their awareness of Civil Society, British Values and human rights.

Our Debate Coaches are sourced from top employers including Shell, The Cabinet Office and JLL. Alongside the weekly debate coaching and workshops we offer a monthly competitive debate league with young people from their neighbouring colleges leading to a final activity in the Houses of Parliament at the end of the academic year. ‘World Debate Club’ brings young people from different backgrounds together debating topical issues relevant to them.

We work with students aged 16-24yrs in youth clubs and state school sixth forms including OFSTED rated good F.E. Colleges, City and Islington College, Hackney Community College and Ealing Hammersmith and West London College.

Interested in our impact? see our impact page.


  • World Debate Club runs every Wednesday afternoon during enrichment and young people debate a new motion each month coached by our team of Debate Coaches.


  • If your FE College is interested in joining the World Debate Club programme to support safeguarding and develop students critical thinking, understanding of British Values and public speaking skills then contact our World Debate Club Coordinator Bien King for more information at


 Project Partners

IDEA provided me with tools, resources and basics for my debate competition. It helped me get some good counter points to attack my opposition. Thanks to IDEA resources I was able to get additional arguments and pints and more realistic examples.

Rishab Kumar Debater

Hackney students debate what to do about knife crime