MUN Success at the Royal Russell School
During the half term holiday, eleven students from years 11-13 were given the opportunity to attend Royal Russell School International Model United Nations. The four day conference consisted of formal, UN-style debate within specialised committees as well as one large assembly, students from across the globe gathered to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the world today. These topics varied from the question of the rights of refugees to whether free contraception should be granted to those living in LEDCs.
Two students from Beaconsfield High, Matilda Cox and Avnish Nijjar, were allocated the esteemed roles of committee chairs; this meant that they were responsible for running the debates and overseeing the committees.
Further to this, the school had even more success with Alia Chohan, year 12, successfully getting her resolution on the question of rape in warfare passed not only in her committee but also by the whole general assembly (congregation of committees). This required her to deliver a speech and answer questions in front of the entire assembly of several hundred people, who then voted in favour of her resolution. An exceptional achievement, especially as this was only her first conference and only a handful were successful.
Overall, the conference was a fantastic opportunity for all the students to practice their debate skills as well as developing confidence in public speaking and interacting with peers from all around the world. The event was also a unique chance for us to research global issues and learn about the views of different nations since we debated from the stance of an assigned country. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all, with so much gained, many thanks to Mrs Packer for organising and Mrs Brewer and Mrs Brown for accompanying us.
Katie Hearne, Year 11