From the 24th to 26th March 2016 sixty-four young people from around the Middle East North Africa region; from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon gathered in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, for the 2016 Regional Youth Forum.

The Regional Youth Forum was co-organised by the International Debate Education Association – Middle East & North Africa (IDEA MENA), the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation through their regional flagship programme Young Arab Voices.

April 04, 2016

I was surprised by the invitation a month ago to the British Council Algeria’s Boxing Days debate competition, both by the invitation itself, and that Mat let me go when it was happening simultaneously with our Art & Design for Advocacy training in London. Algeria is an immense country (2.3million km2) yet one that is almost unknown in the UK. The inhabited bit is on the Mediterranean but there is a vast interior stretching into the Sahara.  If Algeria itself is a bit off the beaten track its debate community is almost unknown.

March 22, 2016

The Organization:The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a global network of organizations that value debate as a way of giving young people a voice. Our vision is to “Empower young people worldwide today to be the active citizens of tomorrow.”Our mission is to provide young people a voice through education, debate and by raising their awareness about worldwide issues. Indeed, the organization believes that debate provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas and the opportunity to consider an opposing point of view.

July 03, 2015