Bangladeshi Urn

“The Concern Debates pre-date the introduction of Social and Political Studies to the curriculum and it is to them that the public is indebted for children being made aware of North/South differences based on aid, trade and debt. Again the justice issues involved are an invaluable moral resource for analysing issues at home.

…As somebody who was the Auditor of the Literary and Debating Society at UCG in 1965, I have remained convinced of the value of debating in itself.

I particularly commend the structure of the Concern Debates with its emphasis on participation in a league system. This validated the emphasis on education and promotion of clarity of thought.

All students may thus be very proud of their Certificate of Participation in the Debates which indicates something far more important than having been involved in a competition, however worthy”

Michael D. Higgins. T.D, July, 1999

Running for more than 30 years, the Concern Debates programme has engaged tens of thousands of young people in the art of speech writing, making winning arguments and landing lightening-quick rebuttals as more than 100 schools are directly involved across Ireland annually.

Source: Michael Doorly, Concern Worldwide

Year: 1984-2016

The Concern Debates perpetual trophy (with winning schools from 1984-2016 engraved on its collar) courtesy of Concern Worldwide

Note: a new perpetual trophy installed in 2017.