Oakhamians gain political insights at MUN conference

Oakham’s Model United Nations (MUN) students enjoyed a highly successful conference in Edinburgh representing the views of Bolivia at the top table of international politics.

During a weekend of lobbying, committees, debates and outside speakers, a strong cohort of Oakham’s sixth and seventh formers acquitted themselves marvellously on behalf of the South American nation.

Every MUN committee saw Oakhamian representation through which students justified the views of Bolivia by securing the best possible outcomes on a variety of international concerns. These ranged from gender identity to using sport as a medium for post-conflict relief and peace-building. In addition they acquired valuable skills in gaining influence amongst fellow delegates and questioning techniques.

As they stuck rigidly to their commitment to Bolivian values, delegates forged friendships and collaborations with states as diverse as Jamaica, Australia and Botswana, who were represented by schools from across Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Students were also treated to a range of prestigious guest speakers. The Keynote Speaker, Consul General of the Russian Federation, Andrey Pritsepov, offered insights into the art of diplomacy whilst Form 7 student, Annie, questioned Professor John Curtice on the significance of a right-wing press and a charismatic Eurosceptic (Farage) in influencing the decision to leave the European Union.

Bolivia’s representative on the Security Council, Lily (Form 7) had the opportunity to attend her committee at the seat of the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood. After three days of hard work, students also found time to soak up the culture and sights of Edinburgh, before embarking on their final resolution debate in the MUN General Assembly.

Head of Politics and International Relations, Laurence Ward said, “This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to put their debating, questioning and persuasive skills into action against other schools on an international level”.

MUN, has been running for 8 years and is one of many superb activities on offer at Oakham 

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