Global Classrooms London Model United Nations
On 26th and 27th June, KS4 students attended a professional two day Global Classrooms London Model United Nations conference held at Mulberry School. The conference addressed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Students were presented with the opportunity to participate in a model United Nations Conference and during the two day conference our students became ‘delegates’ attending a UN summit where they considered how the international community can promote equality and the empowerment of women.
Before attending the conference, students researched and prepared country positon papers This involved portraying UN delegates/ambassadors; a role which demanded exceptional leadership and communication skills as well as refined debating and diplomatic capabilities. Students also had to familiarise themselves with the political/legal language and etiquette expected of officials within this distinguished high-ranking international institution country profile and opening speeches which they delivered to a committee. During the conference, through discussion and negotiation and committees, students worked towards a resolution on how the international community should respond to areas of gender equality.
All students demonstrated outstanding determination and commitment preparing their work before the conference and showed exceptional confidence and resilience as they had to share their country’s stance and oppose/critique other countries practices. The day was fast paced and challenging with very political jargon being used throughout the day. For first time delegates, Bow School students shone, with one of our Y11 students winning the ‘Best Delegate’ award for her committee.
The students gained valuable new skills and experiences at the Global Classrooms London Model United Nations (GCLMUN) conference and will continue developing their leadership skills as well as train a new team of delegates for further conferences.
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