Debating – Advocating Justice & Human Rights for all


Debating – Advocating Justice & Human Rights for all

The Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship schools activity. It gives studens the opportunity to research and debate issues that affect those living in the developing world. By taking part, students learn the valuable skills of research and debating. The Concern Debates have been running since 1984. Throughout the competitions history, over 45,000 students have engaged inthe debates. Around 120 schools participate annually.

A team of Fifth year students are participating in this year’s debates. The team is comprimised of fur speakers, Captain Aoife Brannigan, Niamh Whelan, Charlotte Keane and Eimear O’Donoghue. However the extensive support system is in place to ensure that our school’s participation occurs smoothly, seamlessly and effortlessly. This support Team encompasses a huge variety of roles including researchers, opposition speakers, publicists, tweeters, photographers and of course, supporters.

Debating team large

 We have already completed the first two phases of the league fixtures. On October 18th our theam opposed the motion “The world has more to fear from president Romney than President Obama”. Our opposition was St. Brigid’s College, Callan, Co Kilkenny. We emerged victorious, gaining two points after a tifgtly contested debate, and a heated open forum. On November 13th we travelled to Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles to oppose the motion “The people of the developing world are responsible for povery in the developing world”. Followinf a fact filled and opinion laden exchange we where thrilled to be awarded a unanimous victory, gaining a further three points. With two furtherrounds left in the initial league stages against St. Angela’s of Waterford and Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, we are hoping to gain as many points as possible, despite the stiff opposition, in order to progress to the knockout phases beginning in March 2013.