About Idea

About IDEA

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a global network of organizations that value debate as a way to give young people a voice. The IDEA Network is composed of entities located in the Nethelands (established in 1999), the United States (2001), the United Kingdom (2011), Belgium (2011), Macedonia (2012), Mexico (2012), Kyrgyzstan (2013) and Tunisia (2014).

IDEA is the world's leading provider of debate education, providing resources, training and events to educators and young people. IDEA works with schools and universities, debate organisations and community groups and partners with foundations, NGOs, businesses, and governments.

IDEA believes that debate promotes mutual understanding and informed citizenship around the world and that its work with young people leads to increased critical thinking and tolerance, enhanced cultural exchange and greater academic excellence.