WESTERN UNION PRIMARY SCHOOLS DEBATE COMPETITION MOVES INTO SEMI-FINAL STAGE

Kingston, Jamaica: June 1, 2017; Four schools are still in the running to be the 2017 champions of the Western Union Primary Schools Debate Competition. They are Corinaldi Avenue Primary from St. James; who will be going up against McIntosh Memorial Primary from Manchester; while Ascot Primary from St. Catherine will take on George Headley Primary from St. Andrew. The schools will match arguments in the semi-final to be played on Tuesday, June 6, at the GraceKennedy Group's Headquarters on Harbour Street in Downtown Kingston, debating the moot, "Be it resolved that Jamaica's crime problem is the result of poor parenting."

The debate competition is one of the components of the Western Union I-PLEDGE (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) initiative which seeks to promote and enhance literacy skills in the primary education system. The other activities are a reading week and an essay competition.

In the opening round of the debate competition the children debated the moot "Be it resolved that Jamaica has not done enough to protect the nation's children" while in the quarter-final round the moot was, "Be it resolved that dancehall music is damaging the moral values of Jamaican children."

Throughout the competition, the judges have all commented on the high level of discourse displayed by debaters, the high level of research and argument development as well as the ability to defend their positions.

"I don't have to worry because based on what was displayed here today; Jamaica is in very safe hands. These children have been absolutely fantastic," said Deputy Mayor of the Portmore Municipality, Councillor Alric Campbell, said as he delivered the judges' report for one of the quarter final encounters.

The other schools who participated in the competition were Naggo Head Primary, Clan Carthy Primary, Bridgeport Primary, St. Richards Primary, Greater Portmore Primary, Windward Road Primary, Mandeville Primary, Johns Rollins Success Primary, May Pen Primary, Catherine Hall Primary, Green Pond Primary and Watsonton Primary.


Photo Caption: Members of the Ascot Primary school debating team work on their arguments during their quarter-final match against Naggo Head Primary in the Western Union Primary School Debate Competition. They have moved Photo Caption: Members of the Ascot Primary school debating team work on their arguments during their quarter-final match against Naggo Head Primary in the Western Union Primary School Debate Competition. They have moved on to the semi-final where they will take on George Headley Primary.


Photo Caption: Members of the McIntosh Memorial Primary School and Mandeville Primary School strike a pose after their quarter-final encounter in the Western Union Primary Schools Debate competition. McIntosh Memorial is through to the semi-final of the competition.

YouTube:
Round One Highlights https://youtu.be/U2jg7F0kwBk
Quarter Finals Highlights https://youtu.be/YEhALMgy8G8
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