We started the City and Islington 6th form debate club at the end of September this year. We’ve had seven sessions by now and we have already seen the students come in leaps and bounds, which is always amazing to watch.

December 05, 2016

        The debate club at Hackney Community College has been awarded a grant by the local grant maker the East End Community Foundation. The grant is to create and develop the club at the college which runs for a couple of hours every Wednesday afternoon teaching debate to disadvantaged young people.

October 28, 2016

Location: London, UKDeadline for applications: 7th October 2016Position type: Part-time staff memberIDEA UK is seeking a Debate Club Coordinator. Reporting to IDEA UK’s Programmes Manager, the Debate Club Coordinator will be responsible for delivering IDEA UK’s debate education programmes particularly the World Debate Club with Further Education Colleges.Areas of responsibility and tasks:

September 22, 2016

Join Goran Kostovski and IDEA UK for Art and Design for Advocacy at Rich Mix on the 4th AugustIn this hands on one day workshop learn how to design and draw your own comic strip. Experiment and collaborate to develop comics, zines or cartoons that gets your message out into the world. Visualise your voice with comics!Adverts, and propaganda posters, show how images can be used effectively to get across a message, an idea, or a brand.

August 01, 2016

Today the polls are open in one of the biggest decisions handed to the British electorate in history. A vote in a general election just decides on the government for up to five years but the vote on whether to stay in the EU could be a decision that lasts a lot longer. The last referendum on Europe was in 1975, 41 years ago, or half a lifetime so many voters may never again vote on Britain’s place in or out of Europe.That long period of time is also why this referendum matters immensely to young people, even those who are not yet able to vote.

June 23, 2016

“Art has always been used as a form of expression for people who are oppressed in some way… so artivism is very important for different communities, marginalized communities” - said Jo-Ann Hamilton from Empower Women at UN Womens Global Movement, during the two-day workshop for the Art & Design for Advocacy program, which took place at the CASS School of Art with the London Metropolitan University on March 16th and 17th.

March 29, 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

23rd June. On that day British voters will make the biggest decision since the start of this century; whether to stay in the European Union or to leave. The official campaign does not kick off for more than a month yet; the 14th April. However there have already been twists and turns since the unofficial starting gun of Cameron returning from Brussels clutching the fruits of his renegotiation and declaring Britain’s special status in Europe.

March 01, 2016

Political cartoons from the British national newspapers The Times and The Guardian will be taking part in the Art and Advocacy event taking place in London on 16th and 17th March.Martin Rowson is a “visual journalist” who will be joining us in Art and Advocacy to discuss how to raise social and political issues through art. Martin's cartoons have become a staple of modern British life and appear frequently in The Guardian and The Daily Mirror. He is also a contributor of cartoons to the Tribune, Index on Censorship and the Morning Star.

January 29, 2016

IDEA UK is bringing you the Art & Design for Advocacy Lab first pioneered in Macedonia. Art & Design for Advocacy Lab brings together peer educators, young people, youth workers and educators to experiment together to develop a visual language to communicate their own thoughts, messages and opinions.

Our goal is that participants in this Lab use and pass on these essential skills for advocacy to their peers across the UK. (and have some fun in doing so)

November 30, 2015