Would-be diplomats from The Sixth Form College, Solihull put their debating skills to the test recently as they took part in the Model United Nations Conference.
The College took a team of five students to the Conference at Joseph Chamberlain College, representing Uruguay. Students Ammad Butt, Yumna Aziz, Mona Adan, Zaynah Iqbal and Joe McMullen formed the team and they researched Uruguay and a range of issues that pertain to the various committees of the United Nations.
During the Conference itself, students prepared resolutions and Joe McMullen acted as Ambassador, working on the Security Council. Students presented their resolution and debated the issues before the resolutions faced a vote. Successful resolutions then went to the General Assembly later in the Conference, when all delegates from all schools and colleges were present. The team were successful in ushering two resolutions through the General Assembly and Zaynah Iqbal won an award for Best Resolution.
There were more than 20 different schools and colleges in attendance, representing a host of nations, in what was a very realistic representation of the United Nations. The conference helped students to develop debating skills, team work and presentation skills.
Humanities teacher James MacLaren commented:
“The whole team did really well and the College proud again, as ever. This was a superb experience for them, because it developed their team working and debating skills.”
The Model United Nations is just one of dozens of enrichment activities open to students to take part in on top of their studies. These extra activities are not only rewarding, but boost applications for university and employment.
3 April 2017