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Tertiary students square off in NCU Debate

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:35 AM

Students from 11 tertiary institutions will square off in the Northern Caribbean University’s Invitational Debate Series (NCUIVDS) scheduled to be held on October 21 at the university’s Mandeville campus.

The debate, which is geared towards influencing critical thinking and tolerance, is scheduled to begin at 8 am at the university’s main auditorium at the Mandeville campus.

Approximately 32 teams have been invited to match skills in four rounds of debate that concludes with an exciting award ceremony. The debate series practices use of the British Parliamentary Style and creates an opportunity for participants from tertiary institutions to develop camaraderie while developing their skills at articulation on the single day.

Participating institutions include The University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Jamaica, Mico University College University, Caribbean Maritime University and Montego Bay Community College.

Now in its seventh year, the debate series will this year feature Dr Michael D. Hester, executive director for the University of West Georgia (UWG) Debate and coordinator of the African-American Male Initiative at that institution. He will be accompanied by a team to participate in the series, and will conduct individual workshops for adjudicators and coaches, in partnership with Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment for two consecutive days before the event.

Reading and discovery

Convenor of the debate series, Noreen Daley, said the one day debate series aims to tackle issues from across the board, encouraging participants to read and discover.

“You cannot be an intellectual and know only your area,” said Daley, who is chair of the Department of Communication Studies at NCU.

“If you are going to be able to converse with people, you must have knowledge in as many areas as possible,” she added.

Daley said that the Student Debate and Communication Exchange Programme has now come to fruition as a result of their collaboration with Jade. In this regard, one debater has since September travelled to Orlando, Florida, while others are slated to participate in an international exchange with UWG in March of 2020.

She listed one major accomplishment of NCUIVDS as the ongoing training that advances the debate agenda in the region as NCU continues to offer free training to not just its students, but also other interested institutions.

The sponsors for this year’s debate series include the Jamaica Observer, Burger King, NCU Media Group, Western Union, Tax Administration Jamaica, Honey Vera, Dolphin Cove, Three Angels Pharmacy, and JADE.