“Democracy Cup” brought together 60 teams from Narin, Osh, Talass and Issik-Kul regions. We held 2 debate tournaments on 22 September and 6-7 October in Osh and Bishkek as part of the “European Union for Democracy” campaign for raising young people’s awareness of democracy and democratic processes.

January 23, 2019


Much of IDEA CA’s work is based on the idea of peer-to-peer learning - teaching your peers is a great way of reinforcing knowledge through practise. Accordingly, we conducted a Training of Trainers workshop for students from five schools in Issyk-Ata on 7-9 December 2018. At the workshop, the students learned how to work with an audience, design modules, and efficient approaches to sharing their knowledge and experience.

January 21, 2019

An online survey carried out among IDEA CA’s alumni has shown that the organization is popular among young people. The respondents reported that the workshops and other events organized by IDEA CA taught them important soft skills such as critical thinking and argumentation and increased their overall civic awareness. Some respondents even linked their career success with IDEA CA’s projects; 41.7% of respondents reported that their career choices have been influenced by their participation in IDEA CA’s events.

December 17, 2018

Hosting summer debate schools are an old and much loved tradition in IDEA CA and we were delighted to be able to do so again this year, with the courses finishing in August. The goal of these courses is to help young people achieve their potential, with a particular emphasis on their debate skills and critical and analytical thinking.

October 16, 2018

As part of the Demilgeluu Jashtar project, a debate tournament was held on 15 September 2018. The tournament was attended by 50 schoolchildren from Naryn and Kochkor and saw debaters discuss youth participation in decision-making processes at the local level, allocation of quotas for young people in local councils, and issues of regional development.

October 16, 2018

Alumni of the 2017 media camp completed a series of workshops on civic journalism and debate in Kazakhstan (Karaganda) and Tajikistan (Dushanbe). An iTalk was also held on the topic of Media and Ethics, which saw speakers discussing journalism ethics, storytelling, fact checking, and civic activism.

October 16, 2018

As part of the Child and Youth Friendly Kyrgyzstan project, two training of trainers workshops were held in Isyk-Ata and Suzak districts for ten school parliaments (five in each district) June 21-26.

The purpose of the training was to teach school students facilitation skills and how to organize and manage their election processes. The training was conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian by IDEA CA’s experienced trainers, Darika Amanbaeva and Asylbek Rakhmanov.

July 17, 2018

A debate tournament was held at Vakker School in Luxemburg on June 17 for students from five villages in Isyk-Ata district. The participants were members of school parliaments and debate clubs.

The tournament was dedicated to the development of local communities through the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

July 17, 2018

31 марта в городе Алматы прошел крупнейший международный дебатный турнир "Sirius Cup II". Все проходило в университете "Туран" на казахском языке.

В турнире приняли участие 280 дебатеров из разных городов и регионов Казахстана. Всего было 73 команд из студенческой лиги и 67 команд из школьной.  

April 13, 2018

IDEA CA together with NGO "Kyrgyz Indigo" in partnership with BDC and RDB with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland and the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan conducted a tournament on parliamentary debate "Equality Cup". The tournament was held in two languages: Kyrgyz and Russian, where 28 teams took part.

February 13, 2018