Four of our students have been selected to attend the New Zealand Model United Nations 2016 in Wellington this weekend. The event is a prestigious international relations forum for New Zealand secondary school students.
Teresa Lee, Jamaica Vaughan, Miles Harford, all in Year 13, and Lara Cable, Year 12, will attend the four-day event, at which 250 students selected from around New Zealand represent different countries. Teresa is representing the Russian Federation; Jamaica is representing Botswana; Miles is representing Paraguay and Lara is representing Bangladesh.
The forum aims to give students a chance to experience life as a diplomat, learning about the world around them while discussing topical issues in realistic and fast-paced committee sessions.
Barbara Burns, Development Manager at Senior College, said this was a phenomenal opportunity for our four students. “It’s about opening up their international perspective on the world and broadening their view of where they could be in five or ten years’ time. There will be some material and scenarios that challenge their world view and will give them pause for reflection. It’s also a wonderfully motivating opportunity to meet other bright young people from around the country,” she said.
Miles, 17, said he was interested in current events and how the world works and this was the best way to experience that at this age.
Teresa, who also attended the event in 2015, described it as “a platform for youth to gain an understanding of the cultural nuances that affect the relations between nations, but also learn how to express ourselves effectively.” She said it was a great opportunity to develop public speaking, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
All four of our students said they couldn’t wait to meet other like-minded students who were interested in global citizenship, world issues and how the UN works.