Model United Nations aims to make a world of difference
Monday 16th February 2015 @ 10:16 by Becky Cahill
Students Chloe Barry, Nikki Ung and Aleena Siddiq from Manchester High School for Girls helped to bring over 200 students from around the North West to their school’s first ever Model United Nations conference (MUNHIGH).
The girls were part of a team of five from Manchester High who had been planning the large student debate event since last September.
The event was themed around the Millennium Development Goals set at the Millennium Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders in history in 2000, which addressed issues such as hunger and poverty, education, gender equality, security and environmental sustainability.
Seventeen-year-old Nikki from Cheadle Hulme, Chief Organiser and Secretary General of the event, was delighted at the success of their first ever conference.
She said: “It has been a hectic but rewarding experience. These debates are beneficial to the participants from many aspects; they build confidence and our understanding of global issues, and the social aspect is also great as you meet many like-minded people.
“We hope that the conference has brought our school closer to the MUN community and that we have established an annual event which everyone looks forward to.”
Seventeen-year-old Chloe, from Marple Bridge, added: “We all got involved with MUN around four years ago, and have never looked back. As the head chairs for the economic and social committee, Aleena and I found it fascinating to oversee the debates surrounding eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, piracy and combatting transnational organised crime.”
Aleena from Cheadle added: “The confidence and knowledge I have gained from taking part in Model United Nations is invaluable, and being able to organise such a large event for other students has been fantastic.
“We loved every minute of the event and would like to thank everyone who took part!”
from left Chloe Barry Nikki Ung and Aleena Siddiq