Twelve students from Years 9-12 attended the recent MUN (Model United Nations) conference held at Withington Girls’ School in Manchester.
Tasked with representing Belgium and Suriname, the girls played an active role in their committees, debating topics ranging from the human rights of the Palestinians, a woman’s right to education, and governmental responses to human trafficking to femicide in Latin America, decolonisation, comprehensive sex education, marine pollution and environmentally sustainable growth.
For most of the girls, this was their first MUN conference, and they embraced it with gusto. In the weekly MUN club meetings, they had worked hard to research their countries’ views and develop their policy statements and amendments to the skeleton resolutions.
Practice debates were held so that everyone could familiarise themselves with MUN protocol and hone their speaking skills. The particular challenge of MUN is that delegates have to argue the viewpoint of the country they are representing – which may not necessarily be their own! In the process, participants develop skills including researching information, constructing arguments, and public speaking.
Well done to everybody who took part! Geraldine in Year 12 received a “commended” award in the Human Rights 2 Committee, and Head Girl Alex – who has MUN experience on an international level having last year taken part in a conference in Berlin – was awarded “highly commended” in the Youth Committee.