Students debate world issues at Model UN

STUDENTS from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis recently visited Queen’s College in Taunton for the annual Model United Nations conference.

Woodroffe pupils represented France, Senegal, Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, North Korea and Israel and discussed issues relating to their countries in a formal setting that is true to how delegates must behave in the actual United Nations.

After two sessions, students came together for a joint committee where the chairmen put forward situations that could threaten world peace and global security for members to solve. This led to unlikely alliances being formed between different nations and, in some cases, the threat of expulsion.

Following the joint committee session they held a General Assembly, the final debate of the day. All nations and committees were gathered into one room and the hypothetical issue put forward led to a fierce debate, with the issue eventually solved with a resounding vote.

The day finished with a prizegiving ceremony, with several students from the Woodroffe School recognised for their diplomatic skills and their ability to clearly communicate their views, including Jamie (Commended ECOSOC delegate), Olivia (Commended Political delegate), Cecilia (Commended Disarmament delegate) and Xander who was given a gavel for being best delegate on the Security Council, with the Japanese delegation being highly commended as well.

Year 11 student Olivia Thomas, who was delegate for South Africa, commented: “Overall, the day was definitely a huge success for Woodroffe, so thank you to Mrs Cropp for arranging this opportunity.”

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