Watson's organised and hosted a most successful – and our largest ever – MUN Conference over the weekend of 19 – 21 March. Almost 500 Delegates came from all over the UK and from six overseas countries (Irish Republic, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece and Iran) for Scotland's only schools' MUN Conference.
In all, 38 schools attended, including 18 Scottish schools.
Robin Harper MSP was so impressed with what he experienced of the conference that he has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament, which as gained support from several MSPs.
His motion is as follows:
That the Parliament notes the recent Model United Nations Conference for Schools held at George Watson’s School, Edinburgh; congratulates George Watson’s on the efforts that it has put in over the years, culminating this year in a UK-wide Model United Nations Conference with 600 participants; appreciates the huge amount of work that teachers, pupils and parents have put into this conference to make it a success; in particular, appreciates the quality of discussion at the model Security Council meeting held in the Scottish Parliament on 20 March 2010, attended by representatives from James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, Balerno High School, Edinburgh, Concord College, Shropshire, George Watson’s College, George Heriot’s School, St. George’s School for Girls, Stewart Melville’s College, all in Edinburgh, St Margaret’s School, Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, Shawlands Academy, Glasgow, Wesley College, Dublin, Methodist College, Belfast, and Hampstead School, London, and urges educationists, schools and education departments across the United Kingdom to support this and all similar strategies to promote discussion and understanding of international affairs and participation in activities that encourage empathy, self confidence, ability to listen and communicate and friendship.