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iiDebate interns summer 2k17


During the summer of 2017 , the international institute of debate have recruited five interns from different countries in the world .   

They worked with the team essentially on the preparation of our summer projects and events. In the following our interns will be presenting themselves .

Vincent :

“Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, I am a Political Science student at the London School of Economics. I chose Tunisia because I am interested in democracy promotion. I have been working on a variety of different projects for Debate, including Creativeness Magazine and the Café Talk competition 2nd edition.” – Vincent Chow


“my name is zeineb kaabi , born and raised in Tunisia , since i was 15 years old i am a social activist , worked on many projects , including iidebate’s projects ,some community work at my school  and i am a painter , artist , book lover , writer , i am adventurous person  and freshmen student . i work in community management in iidebate” – zeineb kaabi



“born in setif in Algeria in aug the 3rd in 1993, i am a nuclear physics student in saad dahleb university , my name is ala and that means “gift of god” in arabic and I m a traveller , sociel activist ,writer and the girl who loves to discover and I m a girl full of dreams. I choosed iiDeate association in tunisia to continue what i started” –  ouguergouz alaa

Imen :

“I m Imen Riahi , an Arab Language, Literature and Civilization student at IPELSHT from Tunisia. I started social activism  in 2012 when I started volunteering with the Tunisian Red Crescent. Currently, I m the “Travel+Social Good Tunis coordinator,  an intern with the International Institute of Debate . My mission in the internship is the management of the “Creativeناس”  magazine; the newest project of the IIDebate in a cooperation with the American Corner.” – Imen Riahi

Mouaadh :

“Mouaadh Souiah , 26 years old from Algeria intern as Graphic Designer in iiDebate , graduated from Badji Mokhtar university Annaba , I love Traveling and getting to know about more cultures , i adore learning other languages and i started founding an annual youth event in Algeria named (open mic event) hoping to spread optimistic thoughts in society and help others to improve their leadership capacities.” – Mouaadh Souiah

Dear reader , if you want to join the iidebate team to work in an international environnement and be one of our internes in the next fall , just send as an email with your cv and cover letter to


– communication Team

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Cafe Talk competition second edition

This week, the second edition of the Cafe Talk competition will start off, with the participation of 10 teams representing 10 states: Kasserine, Gafsa, Sousse, Monastir, Nabeul, Tunisia, Ariana, Sfax, Gabes and Medenine, and will last for 3 months June, July and August 2017.

What is new in this edition is the partnership signed between IIDebate and the Tunivisions Foundation, which will allow the Tunivisions clubs in the respective states to participate exclusively in this edition

As for the theme of the second edition of the Cafe Talk competition, it will be about the phenomenon of “violence against women” in Tunisia due to the spread of this fact in our society and the failure of all parties to find solutions for the protection of women. So iiDebate and Café Talk team has choosen this phenomenon to be the topic of the second edition of the competition in order to come up with simple and realistic solutions where the 10 teams will organize 5 cafe talks each on the following topics:

Women in the political scene between absent and marginalized

– Rural women between marginalization and discrimination

– Violence against women inside  the family

– Role of legislators and civil society in reducing violence against women

– Women victims of sexual harassment in Public transportation

Then the  teams will come up with project ideas that represent their own solutions to the problem of “violence against women” in Tunisia and compete with the rest of the teams to win the prize money to finance their project.

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الدورة الثانية من مسابقة برنامج Cafe Talk

تنطلق خلال هذا الأسبوع الدورة الثانية من مسابقة برنامج  حديث قهاوي حيث سيشارك فيها 10 فرق ممثلي 10 ولايات و هي  القصرين , قفصة , سوسة , المنستير , نابل , تونس , أريانة , صفاقس , قابس و مدنين والتي ستمتد على 3 أشهر جوان جويلية و أوت 2017

الجديد في هذه الدورة هي الشراكة التي وقعها المعهد الدولي للمناظرات مع

Tunivisions Foundation

 و التي والتي ستمكن نوادي هذه المنظمة  في الولايات المعنية من المشاركة  بصفة حصرية في هذه الدورة

أما عن موضوع الدورة الثانية من مسابقة برنامج  فسيكون حول ظاهرة ” العنف المسلط ضد المرأة” في تونس نظرا لتفشي هذه الظاهرة في مجتمعنا و عجز جميع الأطراف عن إيجاد حلول لحماية المرأة . وسعيا منا كمعهد الدولي للمناظرات لإيجاد حلول واقعية و سهلة , اخترنا أن يكون هو موضوع الدورة الثانية من المسابقة حيث ستقوم الفرق المشاركة بتنظيم 5 جلسات حديث قهاوي في ولاياتها حول المواضيع التالية

المرأة في المشهد السياسي بين غائبة و مهمشة

المرأة الريفية بين التهميش والتمييز

العنف المسلط ضد المرأة داخل الأسرة

دور المشرع والمجتمع المدني في الحد من ظاهرة العنف ضد المرأة

المرأة ضحية التحرش الجنسي في وسائل النقل الجماعي

ومن ثم الخروج بأفكار مشاريع تمثل حلول واقعية لمشكلة ” العنف المسلط ضد المرأة” في تونس و التنافس مع بقية الفرق للفوز بالجائزة المالية لتمويل مشروعهم و تطبيقه على أرض الواقع

 تابعوا كل تفاصيل هذه الدورة على صفحتنا على الفايسبوك

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iiDebate : the future representative of YFU in North Africa

Between 15th and 20th of March 2017, the iiDebate Executive member Houssem Kaabi represented the international institute of debate in the AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit held in the city of Cape Town, in South Africa in order to prepare the strategic roadmap to make the YFU Africa Initiative happen.

Highlight of the AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit

Cape Town, Hotel Strand, South Africa, 16 March 2017 — AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit was a unique opportunity which featured representatives from multiple stakeholders and potentials partners of Youth For Understanding Organization in order to:

  • Identify partners for YFU for Africa Youth Leadership and launch of the YFU Africa Initiative
  • prepare a YFU Africa Contact Group based on 4 main Hubs
  • Agree for a common strategic roadmap in order to make the YFU Africa Initiative happen.

Stressing out the importance in investing in African youth, the amazing YFU international chair, Mr. Claudio ENGGIST along with Mr. Hans, Vice Chair of YFU South Africa, kick off the Summit. Presenting the main guests and the key objectives from the conference with detailed agenda.

With an outstanding and relevant introduction from the guests, the amazing Prof Mr. Brain FIGAJI, a passionate community leader who played an important role in the transformation of South Africa over the past twenty years, youth representative on the National Scout Council and serves as South Africa’s representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO, took the floor to start the first session “Fostering active global citizenship through youth exchange”, with very inspirational speech where he remind the key Mission of YFU (intercultural exchange tied with mutual respect mixed with social responsibility).

Followed shortly with the realistic diagnosis from Mr. Yousuf GABRU, South African National Commission for UNESCO, where he focus on the Social Developments Goals and presenting the framework of UNESCO and especially the forth one: Education. He divided new education vision into two main sections: Direct through global citizenship and Indirect through sustainable education demonstrating the key role of exchange in the both section.

The Second session, highlight the “Our ambitions for Africa’s youth as global citizens” at the ministerial level, with brave speech from honorable Dr Itah KANDJII-MURANGI, Minister Higher Education of Namibia and the outstanding and lovely Mrs. Bendu HOLDER ROGERS, National Director YFU Liberia and advisor for candidate for the Liberian presidential elections. Finishing the morning sessions with African Youth voice, Mme. Caroline Oshwaba, a representative of Action for Youth Development, A civil Society Organization based in Uganda.

The second part of the day was focused on brainstorming session using Business Canvas Model focusing on the key following points: partnershipactivitiesresourceschannels and funding. Divided in two sub-sections to answer these points, the interaction, debate and outcome were very productive and effective. The closing of the day was presenting this outcome along with the Chart which will be adopted by YFU international to initiate the African YFU initiative.

iiDebate the future representative of  YFU in North Africa

The International Institute of Debate presents an interesting partner to relay on in these levels and could be the hub for North Africa. Since the youth organization is working on engaging youth leaders to influence the positive change in their respective communities, the YFU initiative present a great opportunity which fit perfectly with IIDebate vision and objectives.

Stay Tuned for more projects and initiatives from the cooperation IIDebate-YFU under the African YFU initiative.

Ahmed Boulares

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Coming Soon : iiDebate and American Corner “Magazine”

Very soon, an online Magazine will be launched in collaboration between iiDebate and the American Corner Tunis.

In order to know more about this Magazine, we had this interview with the responsible of the project, Riahi Imen, 20 years old, student and social activist.

«The idea has started when Celeste Koppe the current coordinator of the American Corner Tunis told me about planning for launching a magazine. Consequently , I thought about a collaboration between the AC and IIDebate as I volunteered to be responsible for this great project which will lead to combine with the AC’s and IID’s audience . We began with making a call for applicants to join us. The responses were highly interesting and we had to choose the best of the best that showed a great will to lead this project and idea to success.

We’re currently providing trainings to the team such as journalism’s ethics and writing skills… This magazine will be made by youth to youth. Our main goal is to show the beauty of Tunisia and encourage people to participate in social activism. We believe that youth are the key to development , for this reason , this magazine will be the best place where you can find all topics that matter to youth to enlighten their minds , touch their needs and concerns , suggest solutions and entertain their souls , as it’s a place where you’re welcome to express your mind. Because, we strongly believe that words and ideas can change the world.

This magazine will be launched online on the iiDebate website ( and a printed version as the next step of the project. Stay Tuned for more information about the magazine and next iiDebate projects.

Ahmed Boulares

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Best iiDebate Trainer in March 2017 : Ameni Mathlouthi

The international Institute of Debate would like to give a shout out to Ameni Mathlouthi, the iiDebate Trainer for her dedication and hard work in delivering training sessions on the name of iiDebate association on February and March 2017 on the themes of Social Entrepreneurship, Debating, Communication and soft skills in the middle of the launching campaign of 4C :  Center of Career and Certification of the Competences.


Ameni delivered 4 training sessions starting on February 1st in Tunis – city of science and than in Sousse on February 7th in the ENISO (The engineering school of Sousse ) .In March , she delivered two other trainings , in Bizerte in March 15th and  in Nabeul in March 16 on the Closing ceremony of  4C ‘s national Tour. More than 150 students have benefit from those sessions in order to gain more information about the field of social entrepreneurship and soft skills.

Ameni Mathlouthi said ” 4C gave me such a tremendous opportunity to meet with ambitious university students with creative minds. Giving training sessions in four different regions of the country under different conditions as sometimes a large unexpected number of students join the session and together we spent great time and learned from each others”

Tunis - city of science

 4C & iiDebate Partnership

Since February 1st, 2017, iiDebate participated in the 4C Tour (Center of Career and Certification of the Competences). During six weeks, iiDebate provided training sessions on social entrepreneurship and soft skills in the universities of Tunis, Sousse, Ksar Hlel, Monastir, sfax, Mahdia and Gafsa thanks to the efforts of our Trainers Ameni Mathlouthi, Ali Hamouda, Ala Eddine Boussemaa, Wijden Bel Arbi and Hadyl Saker.

Through this Article, we want to thank all the iiDebate trainers and Alumni who delivered trainings and workshops for the Tunisian Youth in all Tunisia on the name of iiDebate.


 Ahmed Boulares 

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Women’s Day March the 8th

Mother, sisters, wives, girlfriends and fiancees…what would we ever do without them? Nobody can honestly say we don’t owe an enormous amount to the women in our lives, from the mothers who made us chicken soup when we were sick as children, to the sisters who helped us decide what to wear on our first date, to the wives who somehow manage to juggle both a career and a family, never missing a beat. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect and value them. This holiday is perhaps especially important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women. Women’s Day celebrates women’s history, highlighting key events, milestones and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life.

The History of Women’s Day

It may come as a rather sad surprise that Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday become an annually observed one that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, so as to promote equal rights for women. The first few Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are nowadays, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. In 1917, the Women’s Day demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia, helped initiate the February Revolution, when women marched through the city demanding an end to World War I. This shocked even Leon Trotsky, who, much like other Russian leaders of the day, did not expect the Women’s Day protests to cause that much of a stir. Until 1977, Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity.

How to Celebrate Women’s Day

There are many ways that you can go about celebrating this holiday, but all of them have a similar goal: to raise awareness about the struggles of women the world over and honor their achievements. Of course, not all achievements are huge, worldwide game-changers like women finally obtaining the right to vote—there are all sorts of other, smaller feats that women you know manage on an everyday basis that you may not pay too much attention to until you try calming 2 crying toddlers, making dinner and explaining the particulars of a newly-acquired client to your boss over the phone at the same time. This may sound ridiculously hard to pull off, but this is something thousands of women pull off every day, something that should be deeply appreciated and something that nobody should take for granted. Grand gestures aren’t necessarily required to show appreciation, either—sometimes a simple “thank you, I have no idea how you do it” is enough to lift an overworked woman’s spirits.

If you’d like to do something more, though, there is a virtually endless amount of things you can do to help improve women’s lives the world. You can attend one of the 1000+ events organized globally where you can learn about what women’s lives are like in different countries and make a donation to the event you attend. Reading books is also a great way of broadening your horizons, and biographies of women like fearless Somalian women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali will definitely open your eyes and inspire you to see women’s lives and problems completely differently.


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iiDebate Newsletter February 2017

Dear iiDebate followers, through this article , iiDebate communication Department would like to introduce you to our first Newsletter 2017. It will summarize our activities during the month of February 2017. In addition, we will provide you with a brief introduction to our new projects, partnerships , Trainings and iiD chapters updates.

Here you can download the iiDebate Newsletter February 2017

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Youth Talk Inspire Gabes 10 Mars 2017

L’institut international de débats iiDebate, Tunivisions et OCTUPUS Event organisent l’événement “Youth Talk Inspire” dans le cadre de son projet ” Café Talk ” avec le support de l’ambassade Américaine en Tunisie. Cette conférence aura lieu le 10 Mars 2017 à la foire internationale de Gabès au cours du SALON DE L’ETUDIANT à partir de 14h30

Plusieurs acteurs seront présents lors de cette conférence :

  • Nahla Nasfi : Life Coach
  • Seif Ben Romdhan : Directeur d’OCTOPUS Events
  • Ahmed Achour : Directeur général chez Tunivisions Magazine

Nahla Nasfi

Au cours de cette conférence, on discutera le rôle des jeunes dans la vie sociale et les recommandations proposées qu’on puisse inclure dans la stratégie du nouveau gouvernement afin d’intégrer et activer le rôle des jeunes dans le processus des affaires publiques.

ahmed Achour

A travers cette conférence, les organisateurs optent à inspirer les participants afin d’avoir une vision plus claire sur le parcoure à venir dans le cadre de l’entrepreneuriat et l’employabilité. La présence des entrepreneurs, la société civile, les médias, ainsi que les jeunes étudiants serai un mélange bénéfique pour l’avenir de nos jeunes.

Seif ben romdhane

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