Concern Debate team ready to take part. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / 2019Concern Debate team ready to take part. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / 2019Concern Debate team ready to take part. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / 2019

Get your school involved

Get your school involved

Registration for the Concern Debates is now open.

For more information on next year's programme, please contact [email protected].

Why take part?

If you need any more convincing why you, your pupils or your children should take part in the Concern Debates, here are just some of the skills that previous participants have said they gained from debating:

  • Learn to speak in public and in front of peers

  • Develop cognitive and language abilities, as well as skills in research and debating

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the global issues affecting millions of people

 

If you like what you’ve heard so far, please sign up below and a Concern member of staff will be in touch with further information.

Video training

New to Debating? Not sure how to structure your speech and gain top marks? Check out the students from Portmarnock Community School below and see our full playlist here.

Each video highlights where the students are getting marked and are a good introduction to get acquainted with the marking sheet.

Debate team taking part in a Concern Debate.  Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Debate team taking part in a Concern Debate's 2019
Largy College winners of Concern Debates 2019. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Largy College winners of Concern Debates 2019
Concern Debate teams get ready to go head to head. Photo: Camila Gomes / Concern Worldwide / May 2019
Concern Debate teams get ready to go head to head

‘Engaging young people with social justice issues is empowering for the teacher and the learner and brings a real sense of energy to the classroom and to the school environment.’

Sorcha Mellon, teacher

Registration

Registration for the Concern Debates is now closed.

For more information on next year's programme, please contact [email protected].

League phase

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

National finals

Change debate date

If you wish to change the time and date for your debate, please contact the opposing school first and confirm a date that suits you both before filling in the following form. Please note that we cannot guarantee all changes. Please complete the form at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Debate resources

Concern Debates - 2021 finals

NFI materials being distributed by Concern in masisi, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

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