Will 2023 be the year for a second Dublin winner?
ActionAid Ireland is reminding students in Dublin aged 14 to 18 to enter the ActionTalks national speech writing competition. The top prize for the national winner is a €500 voucher.
The competition, now in its ninth year, is an opportunity for young people to explore the root causes of local and global injustices and inequalities. This year’s themes focus on the climate emergency, unpaid care work and economic injustice.
ActionAid works with women and children, as they take the lead in claiming their human rights to build a more just world. ActionAid’s Women’s Rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, works to eliminate violence against women and girls. Irish Aid programmes are funded by Irish citizens and are part of Ireland’s important global role.
Karol Balfe, CEO of ActionAid Ireland said: “Young people are often inspirational voices for change on many issues and highlight the need for global solidarity and meaningful activism. We have had a fantastic response already to the 2023 ActionTalks competition. We hope for more entries from Dublin before the deadline of Friday 13th January – there has never been a more important time imagine new solutions for the many crises that we face.”
Entries to the competition can be submitted to ActionAid by email in written form and fifteen successful entrants will go forward to the regionals final, with six regional winners winning a €50 voucher each. At the national final in March, the six finalists will be asked to present their speech to a panel of esteemed judges. The national prize is a €500 voucher for the winner and a €100 voucher for their teacher.
ActionAid is hoping entrants will come up with innovative, well-researched, and creative speeches, using their own unique perspective.