A final call to young people in Kerry and their schools to speak up about how the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the world as we know it.
Friday, January 15th 2021 is the final date for entries to ActionTalks, a national speech writing competition run by ActionAid.
Calling 14 to 17 Year Old Students
The competition, now in its seventh year, aims to engage young people aged from 14 to17 years of age with global issues, gender equality and sustainable development.
It proposes to challenge them to use their voice to create positive change.
This year the competition has been brought online and the topics focus on the coronavirus pandemic.
Topic in Three Areas
The student writers are being asked to focus on three main areas:
No. 1: The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to imagine a more equal and sustainable world, but we must act now.
No. 2: With a shocking increase in violence against women and girls, the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that the struggle for gender equality is far from over.
No: 3: The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us of the importance of global solidarity and international aid.
A Year Like no Other
“After a year like no other, we hope that the ActionTalks competition is an opportunity for young people to reflect on how the global pandemic has impacted our world and examine where we might go from here,” said Siobhán McGee, CEO ActionAid Ireland.
“Young people’s voices are often overlooked in times of crises and we look forward to hearing the insight and ideas that young people in Ireland share, having lived through an unprecedented situation,” said Ms. McGee.
Eight to be Shortlisted
Eight young people will be shortlisted to deliver their speech at an online event on February 24th. 2021.
The first prize is a €500 One4All voucher for the winning student and a €500 One4All voucher for their teacher.
ActionAid is committed to providing long term support to the most marginalised women and their children in some of the poorest communities across the world, so they can live a life free of violence and discrimination.
ActionAid’s innovative women’s rights programme and this competition is funded by Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs.
Entry and Contact Details
For further details and how to enter just click on the link here: https://actionaid.ie/speech-writing-competition
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