Concern Schools’ Debate

The first round of the 27th annual Concern Debates Competition kicks off this week.

The first round of the 27th annual Concern Debates Competition kicks off this week.

Concern is looking for readers of the “Tipperary Star” to act as judges in the Concern Debates Competition.

This year 120 schools nationwide have signed up for the debates, which is Concern’s flagship schools’ activity.

Between now and the finals in May there will be over 500 debates.

To volunteer as a judge experience is not necessary, as full training is provided. It’s a great way to learn more about development issues and a fantastic opportunity to hear the views of young people.

Teachers, parents, schools and students go that extra proverbial mile in preparing for the debates. People give of their time, expertise and energy so that students can argue their case in the public forum. It gives students a great opportunity to learn about current global issues, such as eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, climate change and HIV and Aids.

Concern Chief Executive, Tom Arnold, says, “Year after year we see the dedication and commitment of teachers in preparing students for the debates. The debates give young people a great opportunity to develop life-long skills in public speaking, while at the same time making them more aware of what life is like for the one billion people who have not enough food to eat.”

So, if you are interested in acting as a judge in the Concern Debates Competition, contact, Grainne, Jessica or Lizzy at 01 - 417 7733, email address is debates@concern.netYou can find out more about Concern at www.concern.net/debates