Debaters, staff, sponsors, teachers and team Supporters heading to St. Maarten for The Leeward Islands debating competition.

Competition will be held on February 25th- 28th. 2016 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.

PHILIPSBURG:— The 44 Annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition that is hosted by the Hyacinth Richardson Educational Awareness Foundation will be held on St. Maarten starting on February 25th at the Maho Sonesta Beach Hotel. The students will be debating the following topics namely:

Legislating and removing corporal punishment will be detrimental to Caribbean Societies.
The free movement of Caricom nationals is a net positive for the Caribbean Region
The Illegal Drug Trade has undermined the legitimacy and effectiveness of Caribbean Governments
The Caribbean are not doing enough to combat child use.
The popularity of skin lightening is testament to the racism/colourim that plagues Caribbean Society.
The marginalization of men have led to the breakdown of Caribbean Society.
These debates not only aid our youth in their personal growth but also equip them with skills that will
be useful to them in their professional realm.
Each year a different sland serves as host and the LIDC alliance contributes to the overal economy and tourism of the host country.
Participating teams are from Anguilla , Antigua and Barbuda, BritishVirgin Islands, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts and host St. Maarten.

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Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and the LIDC Foundation will serve as
host for this year’s finalits for a weekend exhibition debate at the end of March 2016.
The college will be sending an observer in the person of Mr. Milton Lawrence to the debate

The debates will begin at 7.00 pm.
Entrance : Free

MOOT ALLOCATION

Thursday, February 25th.

Debate 1 Antigua vs Montserrat

Moot: Legislatively removing corporal punishment will be
detrimental to Caribbean children.

Friday, February 26th.

Debate 2 BVI vs St. Kitts

Moot: The free movement of CARICOM nationals is a net
positive for the Caribbean region.

Debate 3 St. Maarten vs Nevis

Moot: The Illegal Drug Trade has undermined the legitimacy
and effectiveness of Caribbean Governments.

Saturday, February 27

Debate 4 Winner Debate 1 vs Winner Debate 2
Moot: The popularity of skin lightening is testament to the
racism/colourism that plagues Caribbean society.

Debate 5 Anguilla vs Winner Debate 3

Moot: The Caribbean are not doing enough to combat child
abuse.

Sunday, February 28th.

Debate 6 Winner Debate 4 vs Winner Debate 5

Moot: The marginalization of men has led to the breakdown of

Source: St. Martin News Network Debaters, staff, sponsors, teachers and team Supporters heading to St. Maarten for The Leeward Islands debating competition.

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