Final Call for Schools to take part in 2018 ActionAid Speech Writing Competition

Former winner of ActionAid speech writer Helen Ryan

Former winner of the annual ActionAid Speech Writing Competition from St Mary’s College – past-pupil Helen Ryan – this week reminds students – aged between 14 and 17 years – to send their speeches in by close of business on Friday, 19th January next.

This year the first prize – which will be awarded after the final in March this year – is a visit to Brussels in June 2018 for the top two students and their teachers to learn about advocating for women’s rights at a European level.

Speeches should be approximately 10 minutes long or between 850 and 1,000 words and must deal with one of the following topics:

  1. The sustainable development goals will make the world fairer by 2030.
  2. Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” is the most important goal for long term development.
  3. Gender Equality should be a part of every one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Entries must be submitted with a completed and signed questionnaire (available at — the competition’s terms and conditions are also available at that address.

Completed entries and signed questionnaires must be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to:

ActionAid Ireland,

172 Ivy Exchange,

Granby Place,

Parnell Square,

Dublin 1.

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