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Int'l debate championship to kick off in Jamaica

Published:Sunday | March 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited will this week host the Pan-American Universities Debating Championship (PUDC) in Montego Bay, St James.

This premier British parliamentary debating tournament will see some 500 tertiary-level debaters and debate administrators from South, Central and North America, as well as the Caribbean, descending on Jamaica's tourism capital from March 24-28 for intense debating, entertainment and leisure.

As the first international debating tournament to be held in Jamaica, PUDC 2016 will afford Jamaican tertiary-level debaters and debate administrators an invaluable opportunity to match wits against some of their most skilled counterparts within the local and international debating communities.

As highlighted by Germaine Barrett, president of JADE and convenor of the championship, "Never before has global competitive debating been so accessible to so many Jamaicans. PUDC 2016 promises to propel Jamaican debating to hitherto unattained heights."




PUDC consists of two divisions: Spanish language and English language - both running concurrently. It will feature six preliminary rounds of debates, as well as quarter-finals and semi-finals elimination rounds, culminating in a grand finale for both language divisions. Competitive side events such as public speaking and a masters' cup will also be included.

The Adjudication Core, which comprises internationally renowned English and Spanish language debate experts, has also committed to hosting several high-impact debating workshops in Jamaica, leading up to the championship.

The El Greco Resorts will be the host hotel for tournament participants, while the debate rounds will take place over three days at the Montego Bay Community College.

As the official umbrella organisation for debating in Jamaica, JADE's mandate is to advance, empower and develop Jamaica's youth through the art of debating, critical thinking and public speaking.

According to Barrett, "These channels are integral in engendering an appreciation of civic involvement, non-violent confrontation and intellectual engagement, especially among our youth."