This term a number of our sixth formers have taken part in two Model United Nations Conferences. On Sat 9th March four of our sixth formers took part in a Model United Nations Conference at Epsom College. They were Kateryna T, Rosie W, Caitlin H and Isabella P-S. This was the first conference that Caitlin and Rosie had taken part in but Kateryna and Isabella had also attended a conference at Guildford High School along with Emanuela N on Saturday 12th January. Kateryna was awarded the ‘Highly Commended Award’ for debate as someone who had stood out to the ‘Chair’ on the day as being an excellent debater and public speaker. All the girls have really enjoyed the experience of being MUN ‘ers’ and have developed their debating and public speaking skills.
The Model United Nations is an international initiative designed to inspire young people to become global citizens through simulating a meeting of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. For both conferences the girls from Notre Dame School represented and had to reflect the policies of Portugal.
At an MUN Conference the delegates have to persuade others through speeches to amend, enact or challenge aspects of a model UN resolution. The sessions of the Model UN follow the rules and procedure of the United Nations and give the students taking part an insight into how international diplomacy is conducted. Through preparatory research, discussions with other delegates and the sessions themselves the girls are given the opportunity to debate on global issues.
At the Epsom College MUN Caitlin H took part in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee and debated the question of ‘Pink Tax’ and ‘Disability Discrimination in the workplace’. Rosie W took part in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and debated the question of ‘international responses to the human rights violations in Palestine’ and the question of ‘forced evictions’. Isabella P-S took part in the Disarmament and International Security Committee and debated the question of ‘international arms deals to nations with human rights abuse records’ and the question of ‘general and complete disarmament’. Kateryna T took part in the Economic and Social Council and debated the question of ‘tax avoidance’ and the ‘long term sustainable development in LEDCs.’
Despite giving up their Saturdays the girls had fun and really benefited by honing their debating skills and raising their awareness of global issues.