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Concern Worldwide’s primary engagement with NI schools is our Concern Debates Programme, which was launched in 2014. It is an all island programme, open to students aged 15-18 years old.  By participating in the programme students will gain the skills to develop an argument, research evidence to support it, and attain the confidence to communicate their view. In the league phase each participating school will be assigned four debates, two home and two away, on topics like climate change, genetically modified food and corruption, with resources provided to help them understand the topics. Training sessions are provided for pupils and teachers.  Volunteer adjudicators are assigned to each debate and provide feedback to the teams. Recruitment for the programme will begin in early September, with the programme finishing with a national final in May.  

In addition, the Concern Fast takes place each November and various supporting educational resources, focusing on causes and effects of hunger, are available to participating schools. A number of Fast Ambassadors may be available to give talks in School Assemblies.  Contact Concern to learn more.

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