Almira Lewis, Nicol John-Lewis, Inoela Vital, Daniel Panthier and Marie-Ange Emanuel will represent Dominica in the first ever debate competition among community colleges in the Windward Islands.
The students, accompanied by Coach and Advisor of the Dominica State College Literary and Debating Society, Trudy Christian, left the island on Thursday 2 March 2017 for the debate which will run over a two-day period at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
The Leeward Islands has a long running debating competition that has been going on for forty five years but this is the first time that the Windward Islands will be undertaking such a competition, so it’s a historic competition,” Christian told Dominica Vibes on Thursday prior to leaving at the Ferry Terminal in Roseau.
The students will debate on the topics: ‘Regional Governments should continue to invest in LIAT,’ ‘Seeking reparations from former colonial masters will not benefit the Caribbean Region in the long run,’ and ‘Economic Citizenship Programmes are the best route to economic prosperity for small island developing states.’
The other two participating Colleges are the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, and the T. A. Marryshow Community College, representing Grenada.
“We have debaters prepared and ready to go, the competition will take place on Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of March so its two days of competition and we will be returning on Sunday the 5th of March,” Christian added.
I feel good and I’m excited, I believe that we are going to win; there’s no if, ands, or buts about it,” Almira Lewis told Dominica Vibes.
Daniel Panthier, who hails from Pointe Michel, thanked the Dominica State College Literary and Debating Society “for giving us such a great opportunity to go out and represent our flag our country”.
“It’s such an honor to go out and just be a part of this historic event,” Panthier added.
The aim of the Windward Islands Debating Competition is to reinforce the multidisciplinary approach, which is needed to assess the needs of Caribbean societies and nurture critical thinkers who will help shape the democratic societies of the Caribbean region.
It will also serve to promote regional integration, collegial information sharing and cultural exchanges.
The Windward Island Debating Competition has the support of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
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