From Newham to New York

Pupils attend the National Model United Nations Conference. 

SSA pupils were privileged to be supported by Stratford School Academy to attend The United Nations Conference. The largest singe venue High School Model United Nations Conference took place in New York City. Stratford School Academy student delegates participated in five days of high level debate representing their assigned topics in committee meetings at The National High School Model United Nations Conference March 2015.

Model United Nations training is run as an extra-curricular school club at Stratford School Academy. Model UN is a simulation where students role- play real UN delegates. Pupils can get involved by making an application for a position in the team. Students who take part in MUN training will typically meet once or twice a week in school and hold simulation conferences as part of their regular training programme, including presentation and  in-depth research/ analysis of the country that is being represented. Depending on the committee they are assigned to, delegates might develop global environmental policies or advise the UN Security Council on economic sanctions. The Model United Nations project allows pupils to work alongside other pupils from local, national and global demographics debating relevant issues and promoting respect for human rights. Democracy is explored within this programme and students have the opportunity to learn how to debate and defend points of view, promoting fundamental British Values. Model UN is an experience that deepens participants’ understanding of the world and their place within it. They develop skills in speaking, writing, negotiating, conflict resolution and diplomacy. Model UN is the perfect opportunity for our students at Stratford School Academy to be involved, be passionate and understand the world around them. The friendships they build will last a lifetime, no matter what path they choose in secondary school, college and beyond, Model UN can help to get them there!

Stratford School Academy pupils were professional in presenting their views on their researched topics. 3,800 pupils from over 160 schools and 25 countries were in attendance at the conference. Our pupils were representing Barbados and prepared for conferences in committees such as: ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Committee) Legal Committee and SOCHUM (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee). ECOFIN focuses on issues related to economic growth and development, including globalization, financing for development and poverty eradication. It was an amazing once in a lifetime experience for our pupils to develop their ideas and express their resolutions on a creative, educational platform on such a large international scale.

Pupils received feedback on their position papers and were commended for their research and writing skills. The Secretary General also commended our delegates for their positive attitude towards the entire learning experience.

SSA delegates have all received individual certificates of participation and were commended for their excellent contribution and high focus levels as well as representing Stratford School Academy in New York.

Students were incredibly motivated by this project and committed themselves to extra-curricular training sessions after school and on Saturday mornings to prepare for the conference. They also held simulation events that took place in school and invited staff and students to attend. Spending a period of time abroad away from the classroom, in a foreign country helped them in developing strong communication skills, helped them to further develop public speaking skills and enabled them to interact and network with international students and inspirational speakers. Meeting and listening to these motivational speakers helped in assisting them in raising their aspirations and goals for the future.


More on NHSMUN

Currently in its 41st year, the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference has established itself as the premier conference on the high school Model UN circuit.

NHSMUN is an experience designed to allow young adults to explore the many facets of international diplomacy.

Every March, NHSMUN hosts over 3000 participants from 150 schools and over 20 countries to represent their assigned delegates in simulated committee meetings and plenary sessions. NHSMUN is a culmination of the efforts of staff to bring together a worldwide student body.

NHSMUN takes pride in the high level of debate within the committees, which provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations first hand. Closing ceremonies are held in the UN General Assembly Chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.

Simulations such as NHSMUN are invaluable educational tools, as they teach our future leaders about the United Nations and the international community through intensively researched debate with their peers in a setting moderated by students from the most elite universities.

NHSMUN attracts distinguished speakers including Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Ambassador Joseph Melrose, Founder of Peace One Day Jeremy Gilley, Regional Director of Amnesty International Joshua Rubenstein, Counsellor for the World Bank Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Director of Pennies for Peace Christine Leitinger, Professor Gregory H. Stanton of Genocide Watch and George Mason University and professionals from Kiva. These speakers’ insight leave an incredible mark on our impressionable, eager to learn students.

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