From 9th – 14th May, eight students in Year 10 attended the Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference in New York. The students were Afsana Abedin 10RA, Mahreen Chaiwalla 10E, Saraah Jahan 10M, Jessica Sidratul 10M, Sadia Kamaly 10Y, Nada Takkal El Ghaibouz 10R, Nusrath Uddin 10M and Motahara Zanath 10E.
The students were allocated the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, as their delegate country. In the run up to the conference, they carried out extensive research on the country’s stance on major political and socio-economic issues, thoroughly immersing themselves in the diplomatic context of the country. During the conference itself, they played the role of UN ambassadors in a simulated diplomatic context, taking part in challenging debates with international delegates representing other countries and attempting to reach effective resolutions with other countries and groups of countries. This year, Afsana and Jessica won an award for Honourable Mention in their committee on chemical weapons as a result of their fantastic debate skills.
Whilst in New York, students explored the city’s rich cultural and artistic life. Students visited key cultural and heritage sites including the Rockefeller Centre, the Statue of Liberty and a city bus tour.
All students were fantastic ambassadors for Mulberry, approaching a challenging trip with poise, determination and a positive attitude.
Mulberry is the lead UK school for the United Nations Global Classrooms Project, and delivers one of the most extensive Model United Nations Programmes in the country. The second of our two annual conferences for London schools and international schools took place on the 18th July.