At Nord Anglia’s regional Model United Nations event in Geneva, 90 Year 7-9 students from 10 schools in Europe and the Middle East simulated how the United Nations, the organisation that maintains peace and security through friendly relations and cooperation among nations, resolves conflict.
Following the format and formalities that would usually be reserved for a UN meeting, students worked together to tackle issues such as education, illness and disability, inequality, poverty, waste and sustainability, as well as disputes over territories and natural resources. They debated, negotiated, drafted diplomatic speeches and voted on resolutions.
Julianna Muzyczyszyn, a year 8 student from The British School of Warsaw, said she found role playing as a South Korean delegate, tasked at setting tensions over nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, fascinating.
“It was important for me to properly research the position of the country, find out those countries that have nuclear weapons and those that don’t, look at which countries want them, and discover which countries are influenced by North Korea possessing nuclear weapons,” Julianna said.
Julianna, who received an honourable mention for her confident, polite and openminded conduct, not only demonstrated her aptitude and interest in current events, but also highlighted the growing importance schools are placing on students to understand and operate in a complex, globalised world.
In a 2011 report produced by the British Council and Think Global, a charity that works to educate people about global issues, 93 per cent of the 500 UK senior business leaders surveyed strongly supported the idea that schools can help students develop the ability to think globally — a core aspect of the vision and offering delivered by Nord Anglia Education.
“We empower our students to positively impact their individual communities and the world at large,” Nord Anglia Education chief executive Andrew Fitzmaurice said.