In May 2017, Colm, James, Eoin and Johnny from St. Mary’s CBS in Carlow came second in one of Ireland’s biggest school debating competition, Concern Debates. Back then, it seemed like this was the end of a long journey of research and rhetoric. However, we caught up with them after an inspiring visit to Brussels and The Hague with Concern, and it seems that it might just be the beginning...
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The past year has been a challenging one for the world. Brutal attacks, war and divisiveness filled our airwaves. However, don’t believe the myth of the snowflake generation – young people across Ireland are rising. They’re learning, they’re debating, they’re campaigning – and our Active Citizenship team is giving them the tools to do it!
On the eve of the 33rd annual Concern Debates final, two veterans of the competition share their inside views and experiences.
Last year’s Concern Debates champions – Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow – visited some of Concern’s programmes in Mozambique. Here, they tell us of their experience.
The winners of the Concern Debates competition are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works. Last year’s winners – Largy College from Clones, Co. Monaghan – visited some of Concern’s programmes in Bangladesh. Here’s their account of what they saw.