VIDEO: Students from Longford encouraged to enter ActionAid Speech Competition

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

Entries are already rolling in from across Ireland for the 3rd national ActionAid Speech Writing Competition. Students from Longford are encouraged to enter before the deadline of January 20, 2017.

The competition is open to all secondary school students aged 14 to 17 and the top eight students from around the country will be invited to Dublin in March 2017 to deliver their speech in front of a panel of judges.

The first prize is a visit to Kenya to see ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme first hand in June 2017. 

There are three topics to choose from, all relating to the women’s rights programmes that ActionAid Ireland run. So far entrants have supplied innovative and creative speeches with a global view.

Siobhán McGee, CEO of ActionAid Ireland said: “We are delighted to see so much interest in the competition again this year. All students have to do to enter is to ask their teacher to submit the speech in written form by post or email, along with a declaration of original work available on our website. We’re taking entries up until  January 20, 2017 and are very much looking forward to reading each speech.

We hope even more young people will take the competition as an opportunity to represent their school and county.”

Choice of topics:

1.            Furthering Women’s Rights is Fundamental for Development.

2.            Resources Should be Better Distributed to Promote Equality between Men and Women.

3.            Women’s Leadership is Crucial in Emergency Situations.

Last year ActionAid received 70 speeches from 50 schools across the country and ten students attended the final in Dublin. The two winning students, Jane Oyenuga from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny and Lauren Conway from Coláiste Éinde, Galway, visited Malawi in August.

To enter, students can ask their teacher for details or visit www.actionaid.ie/speech- writing-competition for more information.