About the Club

The ”Ion Rațiu” Debate Club (IRDC) was launched in November 2006, aiming to support youth to develop public speaking, rhetoric and critical thinking abilities, giving thus voice to an active and civically involved generation. As an affiliated member of the Romanian Association of Debating, Oratory and Rhetoric, IRDC took part in a series of debating tournaments for high-school students.Between 2006-2014, the Club had over 400 members and was coordinated by Florin Stan. It was closed between April 2014 and September 2017. It reopened under the coordination of Adrian Crișan, a former debater-member of the IRDC himself. After its reopening, IRDC had 130 active members, who participated in national tournaments. The Club has contributed to the development of a democratic mindset among youth in Turda, while also offering them a place for their personal development. The activities of the Club are currently closed.



In total, over 530 teenagers took part in our activities, since the start of the project in 2006. Today, the Club is organized on three levels, each dedicated to different age groups and experience levels.

IRDC Juniors

Dedicated to 13-14 year olds

Focuses on helping members create their own public speaking style and overcoming the fear of speaking.

IRDC Beginners

Dedicated to members who have less than one year of experience in debating

Focuses on establishing the fundamentals of debating, argumentation and rhetoric.

IRDC Advanced

Dedicated to members who have more than one year of experience in debating

Focuses on developing the already acquired skills and obtaining a better understanding of the argumentation techniques


The debate club was launched in november 2006 and it functioned until april 2014. Being an affiliated member of ARDOR (The Romanian Association of Debating, Oratory and Rhetoric), IRDC has the right to take part in debating tournaments for high-schoolers. In this period, over 400 members were part of the Club.

Besides the participations in national tournaments, the main results were

1.    In 2007 – 3rd place for the team, 1st place for a speaker at the regional „Transilvania” tournament

2.    In 2009 – organizers of the regional „Transilvania” tournament, which took place in Turda

3.    In 2011 – 2nd place for the team; 1st, 2nd and 4th for the speakers at the „Tinerii Dezbat” tournament in Baia Mare

4.    In 2013 – 1st place for the team at the national „Central Open Bucharest” tournament

The Club was re-opened in september 2017 and since then we participated in the following tournaments

1.    Primu’ Turneu ARGO Ploiești – 2017 – octo-finals

2.    Chropen Timișoara – 2018

3.    Primu’ Turneu ARGO Ploiești – 2018

4.    NextGen Open București – 2018

5.    Chropen Timișoara – 2019