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Ethnic Relations Commission
66 Peter Rose & Anira Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel. +592-231-6479, 231-6473,
231-6281, 231-6265
Fax: +592-231-6246

66 Peter Rose and Anira Streets, Queenstown
Georgetown, GUYANA
Tel: 231-6265, 231-6479, 231-6281, 231-6473, Tel/Fax: 231-6246
Email:ceo@ethnicrelations.org.gy

March 2, 2007
PRESS RELEASE

St. Stanislaus will battle with President’s College in ERC’s first Debating Competition for 2007       

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) 2007 Inter-Secondary Schools Debating Competition commences on March 7, 2007 at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Battery Road Kingston.

St. Stanislaus College and President’s College will begin the contest for the coveted ERC Debating Competition Trophy. President’s College is slated to propose the moot, “The celebration of national festivals has the potential to unite the various ethnic groups in Guyana,” while St. Stanislaus College will oppose.

The Debating Competition is a public education programme aimed at creating a peaceful environment for students to debate issues pertaining to race relations in Guyana. 24 schools from Georgetown, Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six will debate in various elimination rounds of the competition, leading up to the finals on June 28.  During those rounds, the teams will debate moots such as: “Perceptions of inequality and injustice are to blame for ethnic tension in Guyana,” “Interracial marriages present the only hope for racial harmony in Guyana,” “The tranquility and non-violence which followed the August 28, 2006 National Elections indicate a willingness in Guyanese to live in peace and harmony,” and “Shared governance could reconcile the racial differences which exist between the two main ethnic groups in Guyana”.

The Commission is also planning to involve the tertiary educational institutions such as the University of Guyana and the Cyril Potter College of Education in similar debates, later in the year.

The ERC Inter-Secondary Schools Debating Competition began in 2006. Zeeburg Secondary School emerged the winner after defeating St. Stanislaus College in the semi-finals and Bush Lot Secondary in the final competition last year.   

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66 Peter Rose and Anira Streets, Queenstown
Georgetown, GUYANA
Tel: 231-6265, 231-6479, 231-6281, 231-6473, Tel/Fax: 231-6246
Email:ceo@ethnicrelations.org.gy

March 2, 2007
                                               
PRESS RELEASE

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) will be conducting a formal opening ceremony to commence its 2007 Inter-Secondary Schools Debating Competition on Wednesday March 7, 2007 at 10:00 hrs at NCERD Battery Road Kingston.

Your media house is invited to have full coverage of this programme.

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