Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Debate in the Neighborhood project trains debate mentors

The Debate in the Neighborhood program (DIN), organized by IDEA-Netherlands, is well underway. In the cities of Zeeland, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam, this program seeks to train youth workers, teachers, and volunteers to be debate mentors for students.

In Zeeland, more debate mentors successfully completed a four-day training on October 23rd. DIN now moves into its second phase, where the debate mentors will teach students how to debate and present themselves in the public arena. Approximately 50 students will then be given the responsibility of organizing local debates and festivals around the Province of Zeeland. These events will engage discussions with their peers, parents, teachers, school administrators, politicians, and local government officials on the topic of their choice.

For more information on the Debate in the Neighborhood program, visit the IDEA-NL website or the events page on

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