A Public Speaking Competition for Primary School children
Research indicates that public speaking helps young people to build skills that young people can use and apply in a variety of home, school, and community settings helping them navigate their world and prepare for the workforce, civic and family roles that they will assume as young adults.
IRD Duhallow’s Youth and Education Working Group recognise the importance of these skills and has been coordinating a Public Speaking Competition for Primary School children for the past 7 years. The teachers prepare the fifth and sixth class students to deliver a speech as part of a team of four and help them to develop the skills to communicate ideas to others, organise, set goals and conduct the necessary research. Both Parents and Teachers have indicated that the competition has helped the students in confidence-building and has also assisted them to develop and improve their research skills.