I was very lucky to be involved in recording the final of the annual Concern Worldwide schools debates. The Concern debates have been going strong since 1984. It forms a large part of Concern Worldwide’s development education programme which aims to inform Irish citizens about development and advocacy issues to do with the underdeveloped world.
Concern Worldwide is Ireland’s largest humanitarian NGO working in about twenty six countries focussed mainly in Africa, Asia and Haiti in the Caribbean. Their primary role is in ending world hunger through responding to emergencies and engaging in development projects that tackle the root causes of extreme poverty.
The Concern Debates engage with secondary school students where different schools compete by debating a wide range of different topics that revolve around developmental issues. This years final was won by Conor Barry, Josh O’Regan, Georgie Tarr, Colin Kingston from Bandon Grammar School with the runners up being Maebh O’Brien, Barbara Gorman, Shauna Colgan, Cara Foley and Sorcha Judge from Scoil Mhuire, Trim.
To find out a little more about the contenders check out my previous video from the semi-finals.