(ZIZ News) — The 43rd Annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition got underway on Thursday night with a brief opening ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
Students from seven competing islands are in St. Kitts to pose arguments on six topics which bear relevance to the region.
The groups are being hosted by the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC).
During the opening ceremony. CFBC President Dr. Kelvin Daly reminded the participants that the event is more than just a series of debates on contrasting points of view.
He said, “It offers at its core, the opportunity and discipline required to assist in the training and development of our future leadership in these islands. Captains of industry and commerce, career professionals in all sectors of civil society and civic- minded individuals have, in the past, and will continue to the future, to evolve from your ranks.”
Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards noted that the topics for debate are heavy, ranging from legalizing marijuana to gay rights.
He urged the competitors to do their best and display good sportsmanship.
“During your deliberations, I encourage you to uphold the principles of good sportsmanship at all times. Remember that the integrity of the competition is far greater than nationalist sensitivities. The competition is not merely about winning or losing rather, it is about learning to win with grace and losing with honour,” Minister Richards said.
The Leeward Islands Debating Competition runs until Sunday March 1st.