The MUN Club (Model United Nations) at Ashbourne has gained incredible momentum and grown into one of the most popular student clubs at Ashbourne in the last two years.
Last year, the members participated in the Youth Model United Nations Conference at the London School of Economics; a simulation of the proceedings and debate within the United Nations. Students learn about diplomacy, leadership and communicating effectively as a team through various committee sessions in which they aimed to construct resolutions for current global issues. These ranged from the use of drones in warfare, the stigmatisation of HIV patients worldwide, and climate change and was all organised by the LSE Student Union.
Three of our students: Zariel Kondau, Alia Butlin and Quang Huy Le, received honourable mentions as well as Sasha Akhtyrska winning ‘Most Improved Delegate’, Carin Tonkmore-Sarsfield winning ‘Outstanding Delegate’ and Laura Foster winning ‘Best Delegate’ in their respective committees. That’s nearly half of our attendees winning awards.
This year, the MUN Club has kickstarted its 2020/21 programme with some exciting debates and activities.
In Half-Term 1, the club has focused on improving the students’ debating skills. This has involved a mixture of debates on a variety of topics which have included: the sovereignty of own health, protection of human rights relating to surveillance, how we can keep ourselves informed in the era of ‘fake news’, and the changing characters of war and warfare.
In Half-Term 2, they will be moving towards preparing for the MUN conference that will take place in February 2021. This conference (YouthMUN) is organised by the Student Union of LSE and brings together 30 to 40 schools nation-wide. The College will represent the UK, Saudi Arabia and Italy at the conference and we are starting to put together profiles of each of these countries to better understand their diplomatic stance and relationships.
At the conference, each of the students will be separated into different United Nations Committees (e.g. The Security Council, General Assembly) depending upon their experience. In these committees, students will have to work with other delegates to tackle specific topics (e.g. disarmament of nuclear weapons, climate change) but as of yet, these topics are unknown.
The MUN Club is an excellent opportunity for students to build their communication, research and negotiation skills. Also, attending events such as the Youth MUN at LSE is a perfect networking opportunity.
Juliana Rozensztajn de Mattos manages the MUN Club at Ashbourne. If you do have any queries with regard to the club, please contact her directly (Juliana@ashbournecollege.co.uk).
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