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Nothing Kills Like Hunger
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.
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.
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.
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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