IDEA's vision is to not just improve the social mobility of young people but also to develop their future leaderships skills through our debate education programmes, enabling them to be economically active citizens in the 21st Century. We work towards the social inclusion of marginalised youth by developing future skills, including critical thinking, critical consumption skills, divergent thinking, analysis, public speaking, active listening and teamwork. We do this by mentoring them to debate human rights issues relevant to their everyday lives in weekly Debate Clubs and tournaments.

May 30, 2017

iDebate (IDEA UK) has moved office from Collaboration House in London's trendy Fitzrovia to our new 'meantime' space in the City of London. Our beloved Collaboration House is being redeveloped and we look forward to moving back in two years time to en exciting collaborative community space for charities working together to build open and tolerant societies led by The Fayre Share Foundation.

Collaboration House

May 17, 2017

Normally the committee rooms of Parliament are the site for discussions about the minutiae of policy proposals from the government; what should be changed in this bill? Is this the right phrasing for this law? But yesterday it was taken over by iDebate’s World Debate Club students from schools and Further Education colleges around London to debate two big issues for young people:

April 27, 2017

Every year Hackney Community College runs a Student Conference with a wide variety of activities, meetings, and workshops and this year IDEA UK was there. Trainer Bien King and Programmes Manager Alex Helling lead sessions throughout the day. Training on the basics of debate took place in the morning with 8 participants. There were discussions on the consequences of the recent terrorist attack on Westminster; should it be used to justify giving more powers to the police over messaging applications such as whatsapp?

March 31, 2017

Places in our Youth Debate in Parliament have been going fast but there are still a few places left. Sign up now to grab your spot.

iDebate’s Youth Debate will have two debates:

Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Should the mandatory education participation age be raised to 21?

Each debate will be in British Parliamentary format. That means that there will be four teams of two in each debate with two teams on each side. So, in total there are 8 participants in a debate. 16 between the two.

March 27, 2017

In June 2016, iDebate’s Disenfranchised Voices programme enabled 150 young people to debate at the Palace of Westminster. The debate education programme ( for young people aged 14-24yrs from schools and F.E Colleges in London) culminated in a fierce debate around the EU Referendum.

We are now organising a new debate in the Houses of Parliament on the evening of April 26th 2017 which will see students debate lowering the voting age to 16 in front of an audience of politicians, policy makers and dignitaries.

March 03, 2017

"Europe needs the input of its young generation to overcome the big challenges it is facing. I want to give all young people in Europe the chance to have their voice heard."

Tibor Navracics, European Commissioner

March 03, 2017

In October 2013, the Oxford Union, the Cambridge Union and debating societies across the UK debated just one topic:

‘This House Would Ban All Forms of Animal Research'
The world has changed a lot in four years, but have people’s views on animal research? 

March 03, 2017