- Unanimous win: 3-0
- Majority win: 2-1
- Majority loss: 1-2
- Unanimous loss: 0-3
Get your school involved
Find out how to register your school for the next round of debates.
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The Concern Debates competition runs for several months and is completed over a number of stages. Every year, more than 100 schools argue their motions in the hope of being our next debating champions.
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.
Both finals took place over zoom on April 28th and 29th. You can watch them on the Concern YouTube channel. Past participants of the contest include Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne and Virgin Media presenter Karen Koster.
Watch the Debates Shield Final 2021 here
Watch the Debates Cup Final 2021 here
Here are the several stages of the Concern Debates.
Registration for the Concern Debates usually begins before schools close for the summer holidays and continues into early September. Please note that completing the registration form does not automatically guarantee a place on the programme. A Concern Debates staff member will be in touch to let you know if your application is successful. Then your Debates journey can begin!
The Debates Cup Finalists 2021 argued about UK Cuts to Overseas Aid.
The 2021 Shield Finalists argued whether the SDGs are beyond humanity’s reach.
The 2019 finalists argued whether "China in Africa is more monster than messiah".
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