Below are the motions for the 2021/2022 academic year. Your local centre will advise you on which motions you are debating and whether your team will be proposing or opposing the motion.
Please note that once a champion has been crowned from each education centre in February, schools will be entered into the National stages of the competition and new motions will be provided.
Tik Tok has done more harm than good for young people’s confidence - linking to SDG 3
Sustainable cities should have free, regular public transport available to everyone – linking to SDG 9 and SDG11
We need to pay more for our clothes to fight fast fashion – linking to SDG 12 and SDG 13
Shopping local must become the new normal – linking to SDG11, SDG 8, SDG12 and SDG 13
Billionaires should not go to space - linking to SDG 1 and SDG 10
Sports stars are bad role models for children - linking to SDG 3
Over 110 primary schools took part in the Concern Primary Debates this year and a village in Donegal is celebrating after its primary school children won the new national debating competition.
Fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Cholmcille in Kilmacrennan, Donegal won the final of the inaugural All Ireland Concern Primary Debates.
The champions successfully argued for the motion that “GM Crops are key to ending world hunger” in their clash with Scoil Bhride from Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny on June 18th.
Concern Primary Debates was set up to encourage awareness of global issues through debates about serious world topics and to improve the level of debating skills amongst young people.
Watch the video below for a quick introduction to the Primary School Debates and see all the benefits it has to offer students.