Model UN Conference
As part of the College's Inspired Horizons Programme, eight Sixth Form students took part in the Model UN Conference at Felsted School on 25th and 26th February, alongside 25 schools from across the UK and overseas.
The Model UN Conference is an educational simulation and academic conference in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Participants in Model UN conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent.
The theme of the conference was “Empowering women and girls to achieve global equality.” The emancipation of women is a movement that has gained a lot of traction in international media, and lots of positive work has been done to reduce the gulf that exists between men and women. The College students also introduced their own resolution, which was debated on the first afternoon of the conference in the Ecology & Environment Committee, introduced by Nadja V. The resolution sadly was voted against by one vote, but all students involved enjoyed a very lively debate. However, we did manage to pass other amendments to resolutions in what proved to be a very productive MUN conference.
The highlight of the weekend was a talk from Camfed, an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported 1,876,214 students to attend primary and secondary school, and more than four million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.
As Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Please speak directly to Mr Murtagh-Howard in the Economics Department if you would like to be involved in next year’s MUN activities group.
Mr Murtagh-Howard, Inspired Horizons Co-ordinator, Teacher of Economics and Business