On 7 December 2017, Year 10 engaged in the annual Model United Nations General Assembly day (MUNGA). Prior to this day, students were split into 25 groups with 6 students in each group. Each group was allocated a country and became delegates of that country. The groups created a two-minute speech to deliver to the conference in which they intended to outline some interesting points about their country followed by three key aspects that they would like to change (their resolution). To aid them with this, delegates were given five general areas (state security, health epidemics, child exploitation, global economics and environmental issues) which provided them with guidance as to which areas to research.
The day began with the students being given a speech by the General Secretary of the Conference (Mr. Jones), in which a special emphasis was placed on the impact of child labour, child exploitation and poverty in our modern world. Following this, the Chair of the Assembly (Mrs. Clark) gave an address, after which she introduced each group and provided a short analysis of each speech after it was delivered.
All of the speeches were delivered very formally and included numerous important points relating to each country. This clearly showed the impressive amount of hard work that went into the preparation of each speech by every delegate who participated. There were many noteworthy examples of this throughout the 25 speeches delivered. Many delegates delivered shocking statistics that had a hard-hitting impact, especially in relation to child exploitation.
Following this, the delegates were split into 5 classrooms where they discussed one of the 5 general areas they were asked to research prior to the day. The delegates were given time to prepare a speech in which they would outline their resolution and the reasons why their resolution should be the one that should be supported. The speeches that I observed were passionately presented and convincing in their address.
The day proved to be extremely beneficial and highly interesting. The students acted in a highly professional manner and were enthusiastic throughout the day. There were many facts included in the speeches that students and staff were unaware of and it proved a very difficult task for delegates to decide upon which resolution to pass.
As part of the MUNGA project, we learnt that millions of people around the world go without food each day due to poverty and difficulty accessing food and support. We understand that as a school we cannot feed everyone in the world but we do know that raising awareness of this problem enables us to have empathy with those without food.
To contribute in a very small way, we decided to have a food bank collection which would then be distributed to local families in time for Christmas. A letter was sent home and although only Year 10 participated in MUNGA, we asked the rest of the school for support. I am very proud of the fact that with generous support from students, parents and staff we were able to donate a very large amount of food to our local food bank.
– Louis, Year 10