Last weekend twelve Key Stage 4 and 5 students attended the annual Model United Nations Conference at Haileybury School. The conference is essentially a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats. Through this, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of international issues, from deforestation to the situation in the Middle East. It gives them the opportunity to improve their public speaking and debating skills as well as learning how to solve problems constructively.
The students researched our countries (Samoa, Cambodia and Mauritania) thoroughly and then created resolutions with suggestions of how to improve aspects of world politics (through the lense of diplomats from our given countries).
This is no easy task and the suggestions the students came up with reflected a great deal of research, analysis and original thinking.