Twelve Form 7 Oakhamians have just returned from a most successful Model United Nations Conference held at Cheadle Hulme School in Manchester.
The three-day conference sees students play the role of diplomats representing a particular country at the United Nations. In the process students gain a sound understanding about diplomacy, international relations and develop research, public speaking, debating and writing skills.
Teacher of English Miss Julie Nossiter tells us more:
"After weeks of carefully preparing their resolutions on a wide range of issues from Modern Slavery to Chemical and Biological Weapons, our students acquitted themselves with confidence and impressive maturity.
Representing Germany and Egypt in eight different UN Committees including the Human Rights Council, DISEC and the Environment, our delegates lobbied, negotiated and argued strongly from the rostrum for their own resolutions, working together with delegates from twenty-three other schools to reach potentially world-changing decisions.
A significant number of our Oakham students had their resolutions passed, including in Health and DISEC, and others contributed their own amendments to other countries’ resolutions. Ivan and Friedrich both distinguished themselves, being commended in their respective committees, Health and the SpecCom on Refugees. Delegates were also treated to an inspirational address from Saba Al Mubaslat, the CEO of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, who addressed the students remotely from Saudi Arabia during a vibrant opening ceremony. Our delegates will now be eagerly preparing for their conferences in Bath and Dublin next term."