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Ethnic Relations Commission
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July 09, 2007

PRESS RELEASE

NAM defeats President’s College in ERC debating finals

New Amsterdam Multilateral defeated President’s College in the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Inter-Secondary Schools’ Debating Competition finals, held recently.

In what was described as a scintillating debate, the two senior secondary schools argued for and against the moot, “Shared governance could reconcile the racial differences, which exist between the two main ethnic groups in Guyana”.

New Amsterdam Multilateral opposed the moot, arguing that shared governance cannot reconcile the stereotypical prejudices ingrained in the psyche of individuals of the two main ethnic groups, while President College proposed from the perspective that shared governance could forge political and inter-racial harmony and as a consequence, effect changes in Guyana’s political landscape.

The Chief Judge, Senior Social Services and Probation Officer, Mr. Aggrey Azore, in his summation of the competition stated that it was “neck and neck.” He lauded both teams for a job well done, noting that it was a pleasure for the judges to have witnessed a debate of very high standards. The Chief Judge said that the moot was well researched by both teams and the manner in which their presentations were done was heartening.   

Azore stated that New Amsterdam copped the victory from President’s College because each member of its team presented sound coherent arguments excellently. However, best speaker praises went to Neilson McKenzie, second speaker for President’s College. He has had such honour bestowed upon him whenever his school debated.

Amir Dillawar and Alpha Peters, first and third speakers respectively, were the other members of the College’s team. New Amsterdam was represented by Naiomi Christie, first speaker, Aneisa Alonzo, second speaker and Lizanne Ward, third speaker.

The other judges of the competition were, Lecturer of the University of Guyana, School of Education and Humanities, Mr. Alim Hosein and Regional Assessment Officer, Region Four, Ministry of Education, Mr. Andrew Kartick.

The ERC Debating Competition is designed to create a peaceful environment for intellectual debates among secondary schools students on issues pertaining to race relations in Guyana.

The ERC also conducted the prize giving ceremony for winners of its Essay and Poster Competitions. Winners of the Poster Competition were awarded in three categories, 9 to 13, 14 to 18 and 19 to 25. The names of the winners are as follows, Khemraj Lall, Tiffany Sooklall, Breanna Marshall, Courtney Douglas, Sameer Khan, and Richard Greene. Winners of the Essay Competition were also awarded in the same age categories and they are as follows, Soyini Mc Pherson, Saffi Wazim, Graeme Ramgobin, Gaywattie Beepat, Geeta Persaud, Lissa Haynes, Bibi Shah, Tamika Henry, Theleisha DeSouza.

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