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Register your school for the Concern Debates 2018-19

Interested in Development Education? The Sustainable Development Goals? Looking for a skills-based programme for your TY group? Look no further than the Concern Debates! 

Now in its 35th year, the Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship Development Education programme open to senior cycle post-primary students. For participating schools, four debates with motions regarding global development issues will be debated between rival local schools. Students will develop key skills in research, speech writing, and public speaking, whilst learning about key Development Education topics.

Registration is now open for the Concern Debates programme here.

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Concern Debates 2018 Finalists 

St. Kilian’s German School Debates Team

The teams taking part were St.Kilian's German School, Dublin 14 (pictured above) and Athlone Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath (pictured below).

The motion debated on the night was "To Achieve the SGD’s we must rekindle the spirit of 1968".

Both teams presented fantastic arguments, and displayed great skills in rebuttal, public speaking and use of sources. St Kilian’s were the winners on the night and will be travelling to visit Concern programmes in Kenya this summer. Our fantastic runners up, Athlone Community College will be travelling with Concern to visit the European parliament and the Hague this summer also.

Athlone Community College Debates Team

Debates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

A video of the 2018 final is available on our Facebook account and you can catch behind-the-scenes stories from the night on our Instagram account

We've also got a Concern Debates Twitter account! If you're already on Twitter, you can find us @ConcernDebates to keep up to date with all of our facts and quips related to debating and global issues.

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