International diplomacy comes to RAA School

The wrongs of the world were righted at Royal Alexandra & Albert School on Saturday, as a group of schools, from South East England, took part in the inaugural Model United Nations Conference.

Modelled on the United Nations itself, the day saw pupils take on roles representing countries from around the globe and dealing with key global issues in the Disarmament, Ecology, Social and Humanitarian Committees. Along with dealing with present day crises in the Security Council. 

Just under 100 students from five schools took part in the Conference, organised by Ruth Kingston, MUN Advisor, and a large student team under the leadership of Year 13 student, Charles King-Tenison. We were also proud to welcome Andrew Winterbotham as our guest speaker.  Andrew is the Chairman of the Kazakhstan - UK Intergovernmental Committee of for mining. 

The RAAS MUN club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. MUN team members learn about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

Sixth Form student and RAAS MUN Secretary General, Charles King-Tenison says “Model United Nations conferences are such a great experience for the participants and teach you really important life skills. Whether you want a career in diplomacy, government or business, the ability to negotiate and to see the other person’s point of view is key to success.” 

“Our participants take on roles representing countries they are not familiar with, so they have to understand the culture and issues of those countries. They then take part in debates and negotiations about global issues that they’ve only seen on TV, so again they have to research and understand.”

Headmaster, Mark Dixon commented “At a time when international negotiations are very much in the news, as our government negotiates our departure from the EU, there’s never been a better time to get young people up to speed with how to negotiate."

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14th March 2019

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