Nearly 600 Pupils to Debate International Issues

Published on 10 March 2011 Categories: Senior School,  Extra-Curricular

MUN logoThis weekend George Watson’s College is holding its fifth annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference.

The biggest yet – a total of 598 delegates will be attending the event from 39 schools in eight different countries will be in attendance. With over 100 teachers accompanying, this event is a huge logistical exercise.

The delegates will be representing the 48 UN member states to debate such global issues as 'Stem cells – Medical advancement vs. Medical ethics' and 'The spy who saved me? – Intelligence gathering & counter-terrorism'.

Mrs Heather Wilson, Head of the Senior School at Watson’s said, “Model United Nations has grown in popularity globally and over the last five years each conference we have held has grown in size. The quality of debate and depth of understanding the young participants have of complex global issues has also grown, as has their understanding of different countries' viewpoints since they are required to debate these issues from the standpoint of 'their' delegation. This might be the USA or equally North Korea, Libya or Norway.

The rapid growth in MUN at Watson's (120 of our own pupils alone will participate this weekend), together with the planned introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the School from August 2011, reflects our awareness of the increasing importance of building awareness of global issues into young people's educational experiences.

We are delighted to be welcoming guests from all four home countries together with the Republic of Ireland, Greece, Turkey and Iran and hope that all the delegates will enjoy the hectic programme of debates and social activities on offer over the 2 day conference.”

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