Registration for the Concern Debates 2021-2022 Competition is now closed.
If you have applied to take part in this year's competition, our Debates Team will be in touch very soon to confirm your place on the programme and provide next steps and training dates.
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While the debates traditionally took place face to face, COVID-19 restrictions have meant a change to the way the debates are run and organised. Please read the following carefully:
The Concern Debates programme is open to senior cycle students and runs from October with the finals taking place in March and April 2022.
The programme will be run online from October 2021, with the first debates taking place from November 1st 2021.
Schools who have successfully registered will be informed once the registration deadline closes in September 2021 and will then be provided with their motions and fixtures list in early October.
The League Phase of the competition will be online ONLY. For the later stages of debates it is hoped to hold some face-to-face debates where possible. This is dependent on health and safety guidelines and government advice. Participating schools will be informed of any updates.
A new system for uploading and adjudicating online debates will be launched in October 2021. Training and guidance will be provided for participating schools and adjudicators before the competition begins.
All schools will get the chance to take part in three* unique debates and learn about development issues and the work of Concern.
In the 2021/2022 school year, the Concern Debates programme will be fully funded by Irish Aid and schools will not be asked to pay a registration fee.
*Please note the change to the number of debates in the 2021-2022 League Phase.
Please get in touch if you have questions or need more information.