ActionAid National Speech Writing Competition 2020

We are delighted to launch our 6th annual ActionAid Speech Writing Competition! This year, the topics will focus on the theme: ‘Women’s Rights in a Changing Climate.’

The prize for the top two winners, and their teachers, is a visit to Stockholm, where the winners will meet with representatives from organisations and institutions working on environmental issues as well as a visit to ActionAid to learn about their work on Gender Based Violence in a Swedish context.

To enter, students aged between 14 and 17, are invited to write a speech between 850 and 1,000 words in length. Students can choose from one of the following topics:

  • Climate change will only be solved through the inclusion and empowerment of women.
  • As a result of gender inequality, women and girls are more likely to be exposed to disaster-induced risks than men.
  • Climate change, poverty and gender equality are all interlinked and cannot be solved in isolation.

The speech must be submitted by a teacher either by email or post to: comms.ireland@actionaid.org or via post to ActionAid Ireland, 172 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place, 1, Parnell St, Dublin by Monday 20th January 2020 at 5pm.

The Final

  • The final will be held in the Royal Irish Academy Dublin in March 2020
  • Up to 10 Finalists will be invited to read their speech aloud to a panel of judges.
  • The final may be recorded and we may use video and photos for promotional purposes, by entering the competition the student and teacher are agreeing to have their image and speech used for promotional purposes.

The Prize

The prize for the top two winners, and their teachers, is a visit to Stockholm, where the winners will meet with representatives from organisations and institutions working on environmental issues as well as a visit to ActionAid to learn about their work on Gender-Based Violence in a Swedish context.

The Rules

  1. The speech writing competition is open to all secondary students aged 14 to 17.
  2. All speeches should be typed with the students’ name and name of the school at the top of the page and submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student via email to: ireland@actionaid.org or via post to ActionAid Ireland, 172 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place, 1, Parnell St, Dublin.
  3. The speech length must be between 850 and 1,000 words, and should take approx. seven minutes to read aloud.
  4. References can be submitted as appendices.
  5. Speeches must be unique; plagiarised speeches will be disqualified.
  6. Each entrant must fill out the short questionnaire to be submitted with the speech (Download here: Survey for students).
  7. By submitting a speech the student and school are giving permission for the speech and the student and school name and image to be published on the ActionAid website and in third party publications. Only finalist’s speeches will be published.
  8. Entrants are asked to provide feedback to ActionAid on any learning they had while writing or researching their speech. And if they have passed on these learnings to others.
  9. Deadline for submission Monday 20th January 2020.
  10. Entrants must be available to travel as part of the prize in June 2020.

Women’s Rights Programme

ActionAid Ireland’s women’s rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, is being implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nepal and is focused on ending violence against women and ensuring that women and girls can break the cycle of poverty and violence.

For more information about our Women’s Rights Programme click here.

Click here to read about the 2018 winner’s trip to Brussels, and the 2017 winner’s trip to Kenya. And click here to read national media coverage on the 2019 competition.

 

Video taken at the 2019 National Speech Competition Final. 

2019 Competition

In 2019 the focus of the competition was on the sustainable development goals and how they intersect with gender equality.

Clodagh Boyce, a student at St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan and Kirsten Soney-Ituen, a student at Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Carlow won the 2019 competition. The two winning students will travel to ActionAid Greece with their teacher and ActionAid in October 2019, where they will learn about ActionAid’s work in Athens. The Final, held in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on 20th March, was attended by over 60 people.

For more information contact comms.ireland@actionaid.org

Pictured: Winners of the national ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019 Clodagh Boyce, a student at St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan and Kirsten Soney-Ituen, a student at Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Carlow.

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