Two school debating teams from Dublin and Monaghan will go head-to-head in an All-Ireland Concern Debates final showdown next month when they will argue for and against the influence of China in Africa.
Sandford Park School, Ranelagh will be proposing the motion ‘China in Africa is more monster than messiah’ while Largy College, Clones will be arguing against it at The Helix venue in north Dublin on May 1.
The winning team will visit development programmes in one of the 23 countries where Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide, which runs the secondary school level competition, works.
Last year’s winning team, the Clonskeagh-based St. Kilian’s German School, travelled to Kenya in East Africa.
Sandford Park’s team, Oscar Despard, Elliott Johns, Keelan Daye and Annabelle Ponsonby, defeated a team from Presentation De La Salle College, Co. Carlow in their semi-final when they debated the motion, ‘The EU needs an army.’
Largy College’s word warriors, Ruth Madden, Abigail McGuirk, Aaron McMahon and Carla Rafferty, debated against Mayo’s Ballinrobe Community School.
Michael Doorly from Concern Worldwide praised this year’s finalists and the 140 teams who competed this year.