Pupils' Skills Put to the Test at Model UN
On Sunday 27th and Monday 28th February, 11 Senior School and Sixth Form pupils from the 4th Form up to the Upper Sixth went to the Model UN Conference at Felsted School.
An annual trip for the College, the theme of this year's conference was 'Striving for Greater Global Co-operation and Unity' - the twelfth and one of the most important of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
College pupils represented the USA (a permanent Security Council Member-Security Council Committee), D.R Congo and Myanmar in Economic and Social, Environment, Health, Human Rights Committee’s, and for the first time an Historical Security Council.
Topics debated ranged from China’s rising global influence, the Iranian revolution, treatment of the Uighurs, investment in space travel and the need for cooperation with vaccines and deforestation.
Pupils persuasive skills were tested and were proven to be successful with the majority of successful votes being accepted. Well done to Ella H and Rionn F who devised successful resolutions which were adopted.
Upon their return from the trip, pupils were asked why they had chosen to do Model UN and why they would recommend it to others considering it. Here's what they had to say:
- It’s a fun way of learning about the world. In this era of globalisation, being globally aware is more important than ever. Also, having fun makes it easier to learn something and more likely to stick.
- It develops leadership skills. MUN is an exercise in research, public speaking, and teamwork. These are skills that you will need throughout your career, and MUN gives you a chance to practice them while you’re a student.
- You can leverage your MUN experience and network to get into college and find jobs. Admissions officers and job interviewers look for examples of leadership, and your experiences as a delegate or conference organiser will be good examples. You will also develop a network of alumni from your MUN club and people you’ve met at conferences.
Pupils are already looking forward to next year's conference!