Schools in Offaly have this week been invited to take part in the third annual ActionAid Speech Writing Competition. The competition is open to all secondary school students aged 14 to 17.
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 will be three topics to choose from relating to the women’s rights programme focused on Resilience, Rights and Redistribution. ActionAid is hoping entrants will come up with innovative and creative speeches, with a global view.
Siobhán McGee, CEO of ActionAid Ireland said: “We were overwhelmed by the positive response the competition has received over the past two years from right across the country. All participants have shown a great degree of skill in their analysis and presentation.
The winners from the past two years visited Malawi and Nepal, getting a once in a lifetime insight into small rural communities. We look forward to bringing the two winning students and their teachers to Kenya in 2017.
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 20th January 2017 and are very much looking forward to reading each speech.”
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, who came from Galway and Kilkenny respectively, visited Malawi in August.
To enter, students can ask their teacher for details or visit www.actionaid.ie/speech- writing-competition for more information.