PAPUA New Guinea took out the first ever title for the Melanesian School of Debate on Friday after defeating Solomon Islands by three points.
Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG were the only three countries that took part in the debate that was organised by the Institute of Business Studies.
Associate director of IBS Vani Nades said it was wise to invest in the developing young leaders because they were agents of changes.
“We have seen much transformation in these students. They are intellectual young leaders and empowering them to discuss about issues that are current will help in the development of the country,” Nades said.
NCDC Governor and IBS National Debate patron Powes Parkop belatedly welcomed the two countries and shared the same sentiments as Nades.
Parkop said it was about time that Melanesian countries work together and having the Melanesian School Debate was just another gesture of working together.
Parkop told the debaters to be agents of change in their communities and presented a MacBook laptop to the best speaker of the Melanesian Debate, Denmark Pahu of Solomon Islands.
Team PNG’s representative and winner of the best female speaker Sharjeen Kua thanked sponsors and facilitator IBS and the two countries – Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – for the opportunity they gave to debate.
Team Vanuatu’s representative Dulciana Somare-Brash said the debate had given opportunity for the students to know more about their countries and helped them in building networks with each other.
She announced that her office in Vanuatu – the Pacific Institute of Public Policy – will be the major sponsor of the 2015 2nd Melanesian School of Debate in Vanuatu as the host.
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