Sunday 16 June 2019

Volunteers sought to get involved with Concern debates

Volunteers are being sought to get involved in judging Concern Debates, a nationwide debating competition that gives teenagers a platform to discuss serious global issues.

Over 50,000 students have taken part in Concern Debates since it began in 1984 and it is now one of the country's largest school debating competitions.

Concern's Schools and Youth Programme Administrator, Geraldine Carroll said: 'People from all walks of life volunteer as adjudicators for our debates and we offer training on how to mark them and what skills to watch out for.

'This is also an excellent opportunity to hear the views of young people on serious issues and to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world.'

Concern said its adjudicators should be good listeners who are able to see both sides of an argument and who can keep an open mind - while also having an interest in development and human rights issues.

Concern Debates was set up to encourage young people to talk about burning issues surrounding global justice and development.

Anyone who wants to volunteer and join the panel of judges for Concern Debates is asked to contact Concern's Schools and Youth Programme Administrator, Geraldine Carroll, at 01 417 7733 or by email

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