Choiseul Secondary Dominates Business Month Schools Debate
On Wednesday a spirited debate team from the Choiseul Secondary School walked away as the undisputed winners of the 2016 Business Month Schools Debate competition. The team, led by Kira Defreitas with supporting members Nina William and Sedran Theodille, refuted on the topic ‘The Present Secondary Schools Curriculum Prepares Students to be Successful Entrepreneurs.’ The proposing team came from the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and was led by Lauralee Mathurin with Niah Daniel and Daleanna Alcide as her teammates.
Wednesday’s event took place at the Government Information Services with a live audience comprising students from the participating schools. The judging panel included businesswoman Mrs. Paula Calderon, Marketing and Branding Specialist Ms. Mineva Ross and Principal of the Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School, Rohan Lubon.
According to Jacqueline Emmanuel Flood, CEO of the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA), organizers of the school debate, “a strategic focus of Business Month is to ensure the involvement of youth, and reinforce the importance and value of entrepreneurship to the economy to participating youth.”
She continued, “we want to create opportunities for business students to plug in and participate in the ongoing business discourse and also to make the correlation between entrepreneurship and job creation.”
The school debate has become a feature in the annual observance of Business Month in Saint Lucia, which is an initiative led by the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs. This year the theme being promoted is "Your Passion, Your Business."
One of the aims for Business Month is to generate discussions on Entrepreneurship in Saint Lucia. Through the month-long calendar of activities, Business Month also sensitizes the public on the core functions and services of the Ministry and its supporting units and agencies. Upcoming activities include a Specialty Caribbean Expo on November 30th at TEPA’s offices, The Business of Selling Art on November 23rd and a Digital Marketing Symposium by the ICT Association on November 28th. A major highlight this year will be the annual Saint Lucia/Taiwan Partnership Tradeshow slatted for November 25 to 27.
Business Month is supported this year by Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development with active participation and sponsorship from Invest Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia Coalition of Service Industries, Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, Small Business Development Centre, and the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA).
The debating team from the Choiseul Secondary School (seated at right), are the new champions for the 2016 Business Month Schools Debate competition.