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Secondary education programmes

Secondary education programmes

Are you looking for a programme or project that engages students with global issues?

We offer five key secondary education programmes, as well as workshops and talks, for students to gain a deeper understanding of challenges that people are facing in communities all over the world.

Concern Debates

Concern Debates is an all-Ireland year long competition for senior cycle students. Each year, over 140 schools across the island of Ireland debate topics from climate change to corporate responsibility.

The programme gives students the opportunity to learn skills in research, critical thinking, and public speaking. It also helps students to reflect on, and try to tackle, some of the most important issues facing the world today. This year the programme is going online!

Debating is one of the most important things you can become involved with! You learn how to observe things with an objective lens.

Claire Williams - Concern Debates Finalist

Interested in the Concern Debates?

Concern Debates champions St. Kilian's German School from Clonskeagh holding their trophies at The Helix, Dublin. LtoR Leah Fellenz, Aisling Burns, Oscar Toomey, Isabel van der Voort. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide
Concern Debates champions St. Kilian's German School from Clonskeagh holding their trophies at The Helix, Dublin. LtoR Leah Fellenz, Aisling Burns, Oscar Toomey, Isabel van der Voort. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide
Concern Debates 2019 champions from Largy College, Monaghan. Photo: Camila Berto Gomes / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates 2019 champions from Largy College, Monaghan. Photo: Camila Berto Gomes / Concern Worldwide.

Speak Act Do

Speak Act Do is Concern’s school programme to engage students and schools in global issues whatever the location or context of the school. It is designed to be flexible, led by the school and supported by the Concern schools team. You can sign up two students to a whole school (and anything in between).  It can be used as a stand-alone project, or embedded into CSPE or Politics and Society courses.

The aim of the programme is to:

1. Develop student’s knowledge about issues such as inequality, poverty and hunger and how they impact on communities in the Global South 

2. Make connections between issues in Ireland and globally

3. Support students to create and undertake projects to take action

Students will showcase their project at our annual Agents of Change student event which takes place in March/April each year, with the opportunity to win a prize for best project! 

Interested in taking part in Speak Act Do?

Tallaght Community School students presenting their campaign academy project at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Tallaght Community School students presenting their campaign academy project at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Tallaght Community School students presenting their campaign academy project at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Tallaght Community School students presenting their campaign academy project at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.

School talks and workshops

We offer free development education workshops and talks for secondary schools on a range of challenges facing the communities which Concern work in around the world. The themes that we cover include poverty, hunger, gender equality, climate change and conflict. In an hour long workshops, students will consider why these problems exist in the world today, how they impact on people’s lives and reflect on how they can take action on this issue.

This year, all of our workshops are moving online! We will work with individual schools and the context that you are working in to provide workshops on a platform of your choice and in a way that works best for your students.

We all learned new things like stats and facts – but also from each other. Gender equality is something that affects everyone.

Luke - Development Education Workshop participant

Interested in hosting a school talk or workshop? 

Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.

TY Academy

*DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS NOVEMBER 13TH*

For the current  academic year (2020/21) we are moving our work experience online via Zoom in response to the Covid-19 virus. This will be incorporated into our TY Academy and  even though students will not be in the Concern office, they can still get a flavour of what it is like to work for an NGO while learning how they can become active global citizens.

TY Academy is our two part work experience offering for secondary students. The first part is a virtual event using the Zoom platform repeated three times over February and March. We cannot accommodate students outside of the scheduled dates which are

Feb 8-12th 2021 - spaces full - waiting list applies 

March 1-5th 2021 - spaces available 

March 8-12th 2021 - spaces available 

During each week, Concern staff will elaborate on their work and facilitate seminars and role play working through real life examples. Students can collaborate creatively and rise to the challenge of working for a busy NGO.

The second part of the programme is an independent action project that the student will run in their own school community (in their own time) and then share at our end of year celebration event, Agents of Change. We will provide support and guidance!

It has really inspired me. Even though we are just teenagers, I know that we can make a difference.

Mai - TY Academy Participant

Interested in taking part in the TY Academy? Please check out our TY Academy Guidelines, fill in the below application/consent form and email it back to us via schools@concern.net

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Students participate in TY Academy. Photo: Jason Kennedy / Concern Worldwide.
Students participate in TY Academy. Photo: Jason Kennedy / Concern Worldwide.
Students participate in TY Academy. Photo: Cian Purcell-Milton / Concern Worldwide.
Students participate in TY Academy. Photo: Cian Purcell-Milton / Concern Worldwide.

Agents of Change

Agents of Change is our annual end-of-year student event which celebrates primary and secondary students taking local action on global issues! In the past, these have included awareness campaigns about conflicts in the world, practical action on food waste in schools and communities, fundraising actions and speaking out about injustices. This event gives students the opportunity to showcase their projects and meet like-minded peers from around the country.

I really enjoyed the day and it was lovely to meet so many people my age that feel as I do on global issues…that and TY academy were one of the highlights of this school year!

Student - St Louis High School

Interested in taking part in Agents of Change?  

Maryfield College students at Agents of Change. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Maryfield College students at Agents of Change. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.

World Day workshop

Each year, the United Nations marks key dates to bring attention to global issues which affect many people’s access to human rights.

We offer focused workshops to raise awareness and mark specific World Days. This year, you will be able to book your class in for a one hour slot over the week that the world day falls, on to take part in an interactive online session focusing on why there is a need to raise awareness for this issue and what students can do to take action. Contact us to book in your time and discuss which platform is best suited to your school!

  • World Food Day 12th – 16th October 2020
  • International Women’s Day 1st – 5th March 2021

The world day event was hugely important to students as it allowed them to see clearly the place of women in the world and their power to affect change. All in all, a stimulating, enjoyable, empowering workshop.

Deirdre McDonnell - Teacher, Our Lady’s Bower

Interested in taking part in a World Day Workshop?

Jessica Maguire, Project Us Coordinator runs and Project Us world café focusing on Climate Action. Pictured at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Jessica Maguire, Project Us Coordinator runs a Project Us world café focusing on Climate Action. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates Leaflet and wristband. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates Leaflet and wristband. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

Teacher Training: Project Us

Project Us is Concern’s movement for change in Ireland. It is a space (online and off) for communities to gather together to discuss the global and local issues that matter most to us.

For teachers, we are organising World Café’s online to explore how issues at the local level connect to the Sustainable Development Goals. These are beneficial to teachers of any subject and of any age group to reflect on issues which may come up in Global Citizenship Education, how to tackle inequalities both locally and globally, as well as a chance to boost your knowledge and understanding of issues such as hunger, gender equality and climate change.

I really appreciate all the help and guidance and am just blown away by your level of commitment and passion for what you do!

Elaine - Teacher, Old Bawn Community School

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Concern staff members participate in Project Us Café run by students participating in the Concern TY Academy. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Concern staff members participate in Project Us Café run by students participating in the Concern TY Academy. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Concern staff members participate in Project Us Café run by students participating in the Concern TY Academy. Photo: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide.
Concern staff members participate in Project Us Café run by students participating in the Concern TY Academy. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.

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