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Debating is rapidly gaining popularity in campuses and classrooms throughout the world; new debating societies and public speaking programmes are emerging all the time, and in the least likely of places. Now more than ever, debaters and students in developing democracies and isolated locations are seeking support, advice and encouragement to enable them to debate more effectively and build strong traditions of public discourse in their communities.
This is where we come in. Our goal is to help debaters in far-flung places gain the expertise they need through a progam of mentors. The mentoring scheme uses idebate.org’s social network to put new societies and novice debaters in touch with veteran speakers, convenors and adjudicators from around the world. Mentoring volunteers will offer up-and-coming societies advice on all aspects of debating, from the rules and roles of different debate formats, through to research techniques and tips on tournament administration.
Not only will participating in the mentoring scheme help to build up established speakers’ and societies’ international profiles, debaters will also have the chance to earn rewards for their efforts. Mentors will gain IDEA Honors Society points and badges in return for sharing their time and experience.
The mentoring scheme gives older debaters seeking to build up their judging and coaching CVs and excellent opportunity to practice their teaching and feedback techniques. Mentoring provides societies with an opportunity to engage their members with the wider world of debate, and to continue vital learning and critical thinking activities outside of the debate chamber.
Who are the mentors?
Our mentors are all experienced international debate trainers. In the pilot phase, most of them are IDEA staff from the London office and a few other key trainers in our global network. As the service expands, we will announce a process of recruiting more mentors to make our pool even more diverse in terms of experience and launch mentoring in more languages and formats.
How does it work?
While logged in, any idebate.org user can post their question and see if anyone else has asked the same question before.
After the question is posted, mentors with experience in the format and area chosen by the user receive a notification and respond to the question as soon as possible.
When they read the answer, users can ask for further clarification from the mentor. They can also provide their feedback on their mentor by rating the answer with one to five stars.
For more information
If you have any questions regarding the programme or any complaints regarding any of the mentors, please contact Manos Moschopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 3393 7223, .
IDEA works with young people from all over the world in communities with little or no history of debate or informed public discussion. We teach critical thinking, advocacy, conflict resolution, public speaking skills and the desire and capacity to look respectfully and rationally at other people’s points of view.