Four Sixth Formers and three of our 15s pupils, all of whom are Model United Nations (MUN) lunchtime club members, attended a three day Conference at the Model United Nations International School of the Hague (MUNISH).
The event involved role-playing national ambassadors to the United Nations and gave them the opportunity to learn about global issues, diplomacy and mediation, problem-solving and leadership. All seven Harrodians represented the Dominican Republic on various committees/councils - Human Rights, Security, SPC1/SPC2, General Assembly, amongst others.
Over the course of the three days, they attended a training session on UN procedures, drafted resolutions in committees and voted on them.
This year's trip leader, Madame Broyd, Teacher of French and MUN lunchtime club co-ordinator, described the event as a 'valuable way in which to learn about negotiation and the complexity of international relations.'
She is incredibly proud (and Mr Wardell too) of the 7 Harrodian delegates who, in her words, 'gained in confidence, in knowledge and respect amongst schools from Palestine, Morocco, Japan, USA and France and developed amazing skills that are likely to impress their future universities.'
It was Lower Sixth Former Sonya's first time attending a MUN event. Despite studying non politics-related subjects (sciences only), Sonya is keen to add more strings to her 'extracurricular bow' and was delighted to find that she learnt many transferrable skills from the Conference experience.
'We learnt how big decisions are made and how complicated the procedure can be. It definitely requires patience,' she explained. On asking if she would recommend the MUN lunchtime club to other Harrodians, she answered,' Yes of course, it is beneficial to all students and not just those interested in a career in politics or international relations. There are so many useful skills that you can apply to other areas of your life.'
[The MUN lunchtime club]...is beneficial to all students and not just those interested in a career in politics or international relations. There are so many useful skills that you can apply to other areas of your life.
Sonya (Lower Sixth Science student)
For more information and an in-depth pupil account, please click on the link below to read a blog written by the Ambassador of their delegation, 15s pupil Freddie.
To read Freddie's account of the MUNISH trip
A huge congratulations to the pupils who took part and for those interested in joining MUN lunchtime club, please contact either Mrs Arnold or Madame Broyd via the following email address - firstname.lastname@example.org