St Xaviers SNS (right) debates winners and St Kevin’s Girls School (left) are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.St Xaviers SNS (right) debates winners and St Kevin’s Girls School (left) are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.St Xaviers SNS (right) debates winners and St Kevin’s Girls School (left) are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.

Primary school debates

Primary school debates

The Concern Primary Debates is a fun educational programme aimed at senior primary students.

The Concern Primary Debates are run in conjunction with Education Support Centres across Ireland, and this year the debates remain online due to social distancing. We have free downloadable resources to get your class started and the list of motions for 2021/22 below.

Please note that all registrations are handled by Education Support Centres - not Concern Worldwide. Explore this section to see how to sign your class up and take part virtually.

If you have any questions, please contact us below and a Concern member of staff will be in touch with further information.

Primary Debates Resources

Download our free Concern Primary Debates resources to help you get started. Please note that the handbook was written pre social distancing, but is still a great guide to get your students involved.

Motions 2021/22

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 

Victory for Donegal school

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.

Introductory video

Watch the video below for a quick introduction to the Primary School Debates and see all the benefits it has to offer students.

Dublin Concern primary Debates Winners St Francis Xavier, Coolmine, Dublin 15. Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
Concern primary Debates Winners St Francis Xavier, Coolmine. Photo: Claire Marshall.
St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.

Video training

Unsure how to get your team started and what adjudicators will be looking for? Use our handy training video in conjunction with the marking sheet to help students understand the rules and regulations while also learning how to form a speech. Please note that this video was created before social distancing. Some changes may occur in the programme this year. Contact your local education centre for more details.

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