UFM's "Torneo Interescolar de Debatientes" (Insterschool Debate Tournament) is a space to develop debate skills through offering its students theoretical and practical workshops that helps them on the subjects such as, oratory, rhetoric, speech, debate formats and expression, that are involved in topics of political or social interest. In this exercise, participants from different schools in Guatemala City have to defend a stance and different postures.
In this debate, the topic is: "Is It Justifiable to Promote False History Narratives to Unite People?" The first house of students believes that it is justifiable, based on the belief that it creates a sense of pertinence, using as an example the Mayan book, "Popol Vuh". Also, they state that the use of false narratives could contribute to soften the racial tension.
The Popol Vuh it’s in fact a religious text, that it is still believed here in our time, that unify any group".
The second house, presents their stance by saying "lies, are lies". Then continues to explain that if there is a group of people believing these types of narratives, it would be some sort of rejection to their own reality and community. Therefore the false narrative actions would still lead to division rather than unity. The second house adds the following example as a statement:
It has been recorded numerous times that Trump has lied, instead of getting closer to the people and being accepted by them, he has created a disconnection between them, leading into non-supportive responses, leading into tensions".
We encourage you to continue watching the Insterschool Debate Tournament, and listen to what young talented students of debate have to discuss.
Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.
Universidad Francisco Marroquín