Folk Research Centre plans Kweyol Debate for Jounen Kweyol

Folk Research Centre plans Kweyol Debate for Jounen Kweyol
L-R: Carlton Ishmael(Team 2) and Rhikkie Alexander (Team 1)
Carlton Ishmael (Team 2)

The Folk Research Centre (FRC) Jounen Kweyol charter and mission statement reminds us that “Jounen Kweyol aims to make Saint Lucian Society aware of the strength and value of the kweyol language and to assist in the understanding and development of its rich cultural resources.

The topic for the 2012 Kweyol Debate is as follows: “In this age of globalization the Kwéyòl Language is essential to the sustainable development of St. Lucia? “An tan-an nou ka viv la, Pou Sent Lisi dévélopé vwéman I nésésè pou plasé Lanng Kwéyòl-la an tout zafè péyi-a”.

Debaters: Team 1: Rhikkie Alexander & Sharleen Felicien; Team 2: Carlton Ishmael & Marius James

Venue: The debate is scheduled to take place at the Dennery Mabouya Valley Development Centre (Old La Caye Police Station) on October 18, 2012 at 7: 30 pm.

The FRC has realized that in an effort to promote the Creole language and to facilitate discussion on a burning issue it has to utilize all forms of communication, hence the reason for this year’s debate in Creole.

The St. Lucia National Youth Council in October of 1998 initiated its first Kweyol Debate as part of its contribution to the cultural heritage of St. Lucia. This debate took place in Castries at the Marchand Parish Center to a full hall.

Rhikkie Alexander (Team 1)

The topic for that debate centered on crime as this remains a critical issue affecting society. The topic read: “Has Government done enough to combat crime”.

The fundamental concerns of a debate center on the issue of an argument. However, it must be noted there are significance differences between the colloquial meaning of argument as a quarrel and its definition as a process of reasoning proof. Therefore the kweyol debate is based on argumentation as the art which seeks to influence others, through the medium of reasoned discourse, to believe or act as we wish them to believe or act.


The debate will take place between two sides a proposition and an opposition, of which each team shall comprise two or three members. In the case of three members, a team shall have a leader, a seconder and a rebuttal speaker. For the purpose of this event a team shall have two speakers (a leader and a seconder), one of whom shall undertake the rebuttal.

The debate shall be managed by the Master/mistress of ceremony who shall introduce the topic, the debaters, and the judges and shall monitor the conduct of the debate.

The rules of the debate will be provided from the NYC debate format.

Other Activities:

Mr. Velenor, who is an agriculturist and Latanier wine producer, broom maker etc, will display his local wines, brooms and other herbal products and plants labeled in Kweyol.

The public is asked to come out and support this event. Admission: FREE


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