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B.W. Harris Wins LEITI Debate

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The Debate Team of the B. W. Harris Episcopal High School has walked away with a Golden Trophy after winning the Inter High School Debate organized by the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative with support from GIZ. The B. W Harris High School defeated the G. W. Gibson High School in the final round of the highly competitive intellectual discourse over Liberia’s extractive resources.

G. W. Gibson won the 1st Runner Up title, while student Satta Wahab won the “MVP” crown. As an acknowledgement of her superb performance, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative or LEITI has offered Ms. Wahab a 3-month internship.

The debate, which brought together four (4) high schools, including the William V. S. Tubman High School, G. W. Gibson High School, St. Theresa Convent and B. W. Harris Episcopal High, was organized under the theme, “Resource Management: A Tool to Fight Corruption and Reduce Poverty.”

Round one of the debate saw St. Teresa’s Convent going against G. W. Gibson High School in an interactive debate on the topic “Is the LEITI Resource Center a good access to information on Liberia Extractive Sector?” This round ended with G. W. Gibson emerging as the winner.

Round Two brought B. W. Harris against William V. S. Tubman High School, debating on the topic “Should Extractive Sector Resources Support Development in Liberia”? The round ended with B. W. Harris emerging as winner.

The Spartans of B. W. Harris were brought face to face with G. W. Gibson High School with the latter emerging as the winner. Both teams in the final, debated on the topic “Is the current makeup of the LEITI Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) Advantageous?”

The program is intended to jump-start the LEITI “E” Clubs in various high schools in Monrovia and also create awareness and empower high school students with appropriate knowledge to make informed decisions about Liberia’s non-renewable extractive resources as well as make good intellectual choices in their schools, communities, and the society at large.

The LEITI says it intends to make this Inter High School Debate Program an integral part of its Outreach and Communications Program.

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