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April, 03, 2008 09:09 Age: 10 yrs

USP wins debate competition

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USP History and Politics Students Retain the Ta’unga Pasefika Shield for 2006

The Shield at with USP for another year

USP retained the Ta’unga Debate Shield after rival theologians from the Pacific Theological College made a strong bid to reclaim it. USP was represented by Ms Tui Clery from UK, Mr Setoki Qalubau from Lau/Naitasiri and Ms Robin Metcalf from Canada. They defended the shield which USP Law and Journalism students won in 2005 against a strong challenge lead by Rev. James Bhagwan.

Before a packed audience from neighbouring institutions at USP, PRS and PTC, USP affirmed that "The Pacific was ready for Human Rights". PTC negated with strong rebuttals from theologians James of Fiji, Saimoni of Tonga and Desmond of Solomon Islands. The debate was held on Thursday, 28th Sept. 2006, at Latukefu-Havea House.

Judges, Rev. Akuila Yabaki, Ms Imrana Jalal, Ms Gilliam Melsop and Ms Vere Tupou, were unanimous in their decision. Ms Jalal stated that the theologians had a harder job trying to defend the topic given all of the judges were heads of Human Rights organizations.

Before going to PTC, the USP team had to stave off stiff challenges from two teams representing Journalism and Law in elimination rounds hosted by USPSA President John Tuha’ika.

Inter-tertiary debates focus on some of the most important issues facing Pacific societies and included such topics as the role of traditional leaders and church leaders in politics. Rev. Akuila awarded the Best Speaker to Mr Setoki Qalubau.

Debating promotes an alternative way of learning and teaching. The inter-tertiary debates were first held in 2004 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of PTC and has become an annual feature in the calendars at USP.

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