Months of hard work finally paid off on July 31, 2020 when the tenth edition of Oakridge Model United Nations finally commenced. Over the three days, it boasted seven committees, and over 200 students participating from three different countries. The eager delegates didn’t let time zones get in their way – participants from Ecuador even stayed awake through the night to share their understanding with the Indian delegates. Journalists from the International Press also brought their own twist to the event. Hidden from view behind their laptop screens, these students redefined the meaning of “Investigative Journalism” – cross-examining the true know-how of each delegate. Despite all of the technological glitches, and WiFi problems, the resilience of each and every student and their determination to take action was truly inspiring.
With the same spirit and enthusiasm, the 8th edition of Oakridge Junior MUN was conducted online from 09 to 11 October 2020 with a participation of over 300+ delegates belonging to 9 schools from across India. Delegates enrolled for Junior MUN from Grades 6 to 8 had online training sessions conducted by the students from Junior MUN Secretariat before the Conference. The Junior MUN conference proved to be a perfect virtual platform for the young delegates to debate on issues of global importance.
Considering everything that is going on in the world right now, it is important now more than ever for students to develop a keen global awareness of matters that affect the planet. With more and more conferences going online, it is a perfect time for students to become involved in MUN conferences – after all, everyone is new to this virtual mode of diplomacy! Though the future is uncertain, the students of today can start taking small steps today to become the leaders that the world needs going forward.