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Schools around Ireland have been invited to take part in the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition, which is running from now until 16th January, with a final taking place in Dublin in March 2015.

The Speech

There are three themes that students can choose:

  1. Why do women make up 70% of people living in poverty around the world and what can be done about it?
  2. “Let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”Education is fundamental to ending poverty and violence.
  3. Violence against women keeps communities in a cycle of poverty.

ActionAid is hoping entrants will come up with innovative and creative speeches, with a global viewpoint. The speech length must be between 850 to 1,000 words, and should take approx. seven minutes to read aloud.

Who Can Enter?

The competition is open to all secondary school students aged 14 to 17. Students submit a speech through their teacher, which will be judged by ActionAid. There is a limit of ten entrants per teacher and all speeches should be typed and emailed and submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student.

Teachers can email comms.ireland@actionaid.org for more information. Or download the rules from here.

Deadline for entries is 16th January 2014.

The Final

The top six students from around the country will be invited to Dublin in March to deliver their speech in front of an esteemed panel of judges. The location is to be confirmed, but will take place the week leading up international Women’s Day.

The Prize

The winning two students will travel with their teachers to Nepal to see ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme first hand.

Details

Choice of topics:

  1. Why do women make up 70% of people living in poverty around the world and what can be done about it?
  2. “Let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” Education is fundamental to ending poverty and violence.
  3. Violence against women keeps communities in a cycle of poverty.

Deadline: 16th January 2015

Final: Dublin (venue TBC), March 2015

Prize: Trip to Nepal for the top two students and their teachers

Recommended Resources

http://www.actionaid.ie/what-we-do/womens-rights

https://www.irishaid.ie/what-we-do/our-priority-areas/gender-equality/

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

http://www.gbv.ie/

Irish Aid Funded Programme

ActionAid Ireland’s women’s rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, is being implemented in Malawi, Kenya, Vietnam and Nepal and is focused on ending violence against women and ensuring that women and girls can break the cycle of poverty and violence.  File 24947

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