During IDEA’s training, teachers get acquainted with debate as a flexible method of education, which can be used inside as well as outside the classroom. The training usually covers the basics of debate and focuses on application of debate in the teaching of individual subjects or development of students’ specific skills.
Teachers are also provided with practical information and suggestions on how to develop a debate clubs at their school or university, how to assist students in organization of public debates and participation in debate competitions.
Offered to anyone interested in becoming a judge at local, national or international debate competitions. Seminars are tailored to the particular audience and provide instruction in relevant competitive debate formats.
Training in the Informal Education Sector
Debate education can be employed outside the formal system of education (school and university) and IDEA provides debate training to youth workers and young people who are interested in starting and running debate programs in their youth organizations, community and youth centers. Such training emphasizes both educational as well as social aspects of debate programs; providing opportunities for encounters at different levels, from small meetings of young people to high profile community events.
IDEA conducts adult seminars that use debate skills to prepare people for the job market. Attendees are taught how to give presentations, present themselves during job interviews, negotiate and mediate, and other skills. To accommodate trainees’ varying schedules, vocational seminars are structured in short sessions that take place over a series of evenings or during intensive weekends.
Media and Citizen Journalism Training
Recognizing the interest of young people in new media, as well as the enormous potential of new media to engage young people in discussions of issues that affect their lives, IDEA organizes training for young people interested in public communications and journalism. Training combines theory with practice and young people develop basic skills in journalism as well as technical skills in photography, audio and video productions.
Training of Trainers
In order to build local capacity for professional debate instruction and training, IDEA and its members have developed a model for the training-of-trainers. This model is designed exclusively for those participants who possess the inclination and skills to serve as trainers in the future.
IDEA believes that individuals identified to lead future training should receive additional training in facilitation and meet certain standards of professionalism. Once trainers have completed the course, they go on to design and facilitate workshops (including the preparation of training materials) in different areas of debate instruction and for different audiences. This extensive training program is based on portfolio review and one or more evaluative workshops. Following a submission of a portfolio with teaching resources, successful candidates are invited to a training-of-trainers workshop during which they review and discuss methods of interactive teaching, exchange practical advice and experience in training, review case studies and work in groups to develop and present single training sessions (including all associated materials).