Girls Rights Watch (GRW) is a youth lobbygroup which focuses on genderequality from Plan Netherlands. Yvonne Heselmans and Roeland Hemsteede provided a debate training to the youth from GRW on the 17th of June. The objective was to prepare them for the debates GRW organises during the Equal = Different festival on Saturday the 27th of June. The central theme of the evening was the role gender plays in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

June 26, 2015

People with disabilities argue for an inclusive society.

Twelve people from LFB participated in a debate training provided by IDEA NL Director Yvonne Heselmans and Anite Jillie of Jillie&Co in De Rode Hoed on the 17th of March. LFB is a Dutch interest group formed of people with a mental disability, that aims to make people better able to function in society. Among other things, by offering them IDEA NL debate training.

March 25, 2015

International IDEA Debate in the Neighbourhood Learning Circle.

How can society reach out to young people with fewer chances? How can we motivate them to participate in debate activities and make them come back? How can we give them ownership when solving the problems they encounter?

March 23, 2015

The Amsterdam student debating society Bonaparte hosted a public debate about the question: “Fortress Europe: is it time for a more liberal European asylum policy?” in cooperation with IDEA NL and Bürger Europas in the CREA student centre on November 20.  

November 24, 2014


Friday 5 September was not just a casual Friday in the IDEA NL office. Executive Director Yvonne Heselmans ran up our steep stairs even more enthusiastically than usual. Great news! Our project Changing the Neighbourhood was selected as  "best practice" by EU Commission fund Erasmus+. 

September 09, 2014

Debate in the Neighbourhood conference magazine launched

June 02, 2014

From May 9 – 11, the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) organized the exchange ‘Connecting Youth to Society.’ At the Exchange, around 100 youth professionals and young people from all over the world discussed how to give young people a voice through education, debate and by raising their awareness about worldwide issues.

May 20, 2014

‘This was the best weekend of my life!’

Said one 15 year old boy who participated in an IDEA event over the weekend of 9 to 12 May 2014. Over 100 youth professionals and young people from across the world linked and collaboratively learned at the international exchange “Connecting Youth to Society,” organised by IDEA NL in Amsterdam.

May 13, 2014

Forty health care professionals from different countries participated in a debate training led by IDEA NL trainers Roeland Hemsteede and Yvonne Heselmans on May 6. They learned how to present their ideas more strongly and structure their arguments better. They will make use of these new skills in their presentations of their research for the KIT Master of Public Health in Health Development. They used the workshop to find the core of their own ideas and most important arguments for their case.

May 12, 2014

Twenty participants from the New Urban Collective in Amsterdam Bijlmer participated in a debate training and public debate on employment and education on Sunday the 16th of March. The participants from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds learned new debate skills and later grilled candidates for the local elections of March 19th.

March 17, 2014