Jul 15, 2009, 10:07 AM
3rd edition of Banjul Open national championship debate that has encouraged
debate developmental issues among young people in the country over the years,
has been slated for this Friday, at the University of The Gambia Law Faculty in
Banjul Open is the biggest and most vibrant debate organisation in The Gambia and has been conducting debate training and activities throughout the nation in the last three years.
Over the years, with great foresight, it has been very determined in breeding the spirit of debate in societies, cognizant of its relevance in promoting peace and democracy in the democratic era.
The theme of this year’s championship is “Dialogue and Debate: A substitute to Violence” with the primary aim to conform to the general principles of using speeches and dialogue as substitute to violence in an emerging democracy like The Gambia, that defied political odds by electing and undertaking its first peaceful change of government despite predictions to the contrary.
However, despite the transfer of power without bloodshed, the country still faces numerous challenges in reconciling its fragmented political sections and visible ethnic divide.
Proposing lasting solutions to the numerous political, social and economic challenges require concerted efforts from all, especially students and teachers from across the educational spectrum.