On Sunday IDEA UK ran a day long training for fourteen trainers from Coachbright, an organisation that works with school pupils preparing them for university. The training took place at Collaboration House, the building in Central London where IDEA UK has its office.
On a sodden Thursday IDEA UK undertook the first training event for trainers in its new programme Understanding Ideas.
We all have certain ideas, or worldviews, that are pretty much fixed. Sometimes those views are fixed without having really thought about the issue in question, occasionally those views are simply wrong; either they are based upon a myth or are ethically wrong. That is the point of the Challenging Ideas programme; to look at serious issues and encourage factual evidence based discussion of individual’s views.Young people are too often uncritical about their own viewpoints or the information that is provided to them.
Seven people from the Youth and Play team at Lambeth Council along with two others attended a Debate in the Neighbourhood training of trainers session on Thursday. The event took place at Lambeth Council and lasted all day with the participants learning how to deliver IDEA’s Debate in the Neighbourhood programme to the young people they work with.The session involved training in debate techniques and debate games to engage young people in learning how to debate.
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument” – Desmond Tutu
Do you want to be able to teach your students to think critically?
To build up their confidence and public speaking skills?
Between 60 and 70 pupils from Primary and Secondary schools in the London Borough of Islington took part in an introduction to debate session on Friday 26 September 2014. The session marked the start of Hogan Lovells' debate programme for 2014 which teaches debate to school children in this relatively deprived part of London. Volunteers from Hogan Lovells, a law firm, regularly visit the schools taking part throughout the year to teach debate and communication skills.
The International Debate Education Association UK (IDEA UK) carried out an all day Debate in the Neighbourhood (DiN) training in London Earlier this month. Debate in the Neighbourhood in London has in the past been focused on training in schools and youth clubs but in this training those being trained were those who work with young people, not the young people themselves.
Last weekend IDEA Netherlands held the Debate in the Neighbourhood and My City Real World exchange “Connecting Youth to Society” and as a part of this Giovanna from IDEA UK held workshops on youth advocacy.