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ACS International School Hillingdon hosted its second Model United Nations (MUN) event which saw students from ACS and other local schools take on different roles of the United Nations and debate some of the most pressing, contentious and diverse issues of today’s world.
Students attending were assigned a country and formed ‘delegations’ representing each ‘member state’, and debated topics spanning the question of legal status for returning Jihadists and their families; threats to national stability caused by religious intolerance; and the removal of social barriers that make women vulnerable to HIV and hinder their access to preventative and treatment services.
Over 70 students from ACS Hillingdon, ACS Egham, Alconbury High School, Lakenheath American High School and Swakeleys School for Girls, took part in the debates.
ACS Hillingdon student, Eemil Moisio, commented:
“Participating in MUN means understanding and appreciating action taken against societal problems - but equally, being critical when not enough is done. It's empowering, because you only understand an issue like collapsing biodiversity properly once you try and resolve it yourself.”
Derek Johnson, ACS Hillingdon teacher, who organised the event, said:
“Young people see and hear about these issues on the news, but actually debating them in a UN framework and developing resolutions from different countries widens the context and truly opens minds.
“Model UN has proved a very valuable and enriching experience for young people who learn to approach these issues from a diverse and open perspective, hone their debating skills and develop solutions.” Published: December 17 2019