A student at Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny has been selected as a joint winner of the national 2015/2016 ActionAid Speech Writing Competition final.
The competition final was held in the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) on Thursday, March 3. Ten finalists, one of whom was Kilkenny's Jane Oyenuga, delivered their speeches in front of a panel of judges including author Louise O’Neill; board member of the National Women’s Council Frances Byrne; and Brian Caden from Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Winning finalist Jane, along with her co-winner – Galway student Lauren – will travel with their teachers to visit Malawi in August to see first-hand ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme.
“This is the second ActionAid Speech Writing Competition and again I am truly impressed by the standard of speech writing and delivery,” said Chairman of the Board of ActionAid Ireland and Former RTE Broadcaster, Rodney Rice, who hosted the competition.
“All students showed excellent analysis of the challenges faced by ActionAid and other NGOs in developing countries. Congratulations to Lauren and Jane, winners of a close fought competition through their combination of content and presentation skills.”
Jane and Lauren were chosen out of more than 70 students, aged 14 to 17, from over 30 schools across the country who entered the competition. There were three speech topics to choose from which focused on European Year for Development, the Human Rights Based Approach to Development and Women’s Rights.
Irish Aid funds an ActionAid Women’s Rights programme in Kenya, Malawi, Nepal and Vietnam. ActionAid uses this funding to work with vulnerable communities in an effort to end early girl marriage, prevent gender based violence, gain land rights for women and help women and girls receive an education.
ActionAid Ireland was established in 1983 and is a member of ActionAid International.
For more, see www.actionaid.ie/irish-aid.