Harrow students from Years 6 to 10 participated in their first Model United Nations event over three days from 10th to 12th February, organized by the British International School, Puxi, and attended by schools from Shanghai and Malaysia.
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which are usually organized by schools. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate. Many thousands of students around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities.
Two of our Harrow students were awarded two of the fifteen awards. Congratulations to Sophie Cook and Jordan Hwang in Year 10 for winning ‘Most Improved Delegate’ awards.
All the Harrow students were attending the MUN for their first time and it was quite amazing to see how young they were compared with the delegates from other schools. With growing confidence, and a lot of sharing and caring from the other delegates, our students gained a reputation for being quick learners and were all very eager to speak about the issues and argue points of order and amendments to resolutions. We must publically thank the students from the other schools for being so supportive of our Harrow students.
Following the event, we received an email from a teacher from another participating school, complimenting in particular our youngest delegates. We have now been asked to convene a Lower School MUN in the future, opening up new opportunities for younger students to participate in a truly wonderful learning experience.