Local pupils have their say on the environment

Published: 23rd February 2016

Twenty nine pupils from primary and post primary schools around Omagh took part in this year’s Environmental Youth Speak competition held in the Strule Arts Centre Omagh on 23rd February 2016.

Now in its 18th year, the competition aims to increase environmental awareness in young people by researching and debating environmental issues.

Participating in the event enables pupils to improve their communication skills and develop self confidence.

The winner of the Junior section for P6 an P7 pupils was Ronan McGuigan, Gortnagarn PS who spoke on the topic “The adventures of a waste warrior”

The winner of the Senior section was Hannah McSorley, Loreto Grammar who spoke on the topic “Let’s send our waste to a better place”

Ronan and Hannah will join the winners of the local heat to take place in Enniskillen on Thursday 25 February to represent Fermanagh and Omagh District Council at the Regional heats of the 2016 Environmental Youth Speak competition which will be held in Moosley Hill, Newtownabbey on the Tuesday 8 March 2016.

The Vice Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Paul Robinson, congratulated all the pupils on their preparation and the delivery of their speeches. He commended the research which the pupils had undertaken and the extensive about current environment issues which they showed, adding that competitions such as Youth Speak encourages young people to think about recycling in a meaningful way and heightens awareness of the environmental challenges we face today.

Anthea Owens, Recycling and Education Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council commented on the high standard of this year’s presentations. “Educating our children on the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of our waste as possible, is key to ensuring that the next generation has the knowledge to look after the environment. All participants that took part in the competition showed tremendous courage presenting their speeches and did themselves, their teachers, schools and parents proud.

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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