The competition speeches are designed to prompt discussion and debate about equality and diversity issues and what these issues mean for young people growing up in Scotland.
The competition also aims to encourage young people to enhance their public speaking skills.
The event is part of COPFS’s strategy to promote equality, eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and preventing hate crime by improving understanding of these issues and fostering good relations within communities.
Speaking of the 2017 competition Lord Advocate James Wolffe, QC, said:
“I am delighted that this prestigious competition has become a popular annual event across Scotland.
“The competition shows us what can be achieved when pupils from schools from across the country, with different life experiences, come together. This competition will help all of us to increase our understanding of the equality and diversity issues affecting the world today."
“By listening to young people express their view of these issues we hope to contribute to the promotion of Scotland as a fair and tolerant society.”
“I wish all participants the best of luck and look forward to meeting the finalists at Parliament House on 23 May 2017.”
1. The stages and timings of the competition’s rounds this year are set out below:
|Stage of competition
|| 19 Jan 2017 – 1 March 2017
| Area finals
|| By 14 March 2017
| Sheriffdom finals
|| By 31 March 2017
| National semi-finals
|| Glasgow v North Strathclyde 3 May 2017
South Strathclyde Dumfries & Galloway 4 May 2017
Central, Tayside & Fife v Grampian Highlands & Islands 8 May 2017
| National final
|| 23 May 2017