Model United Nations Inspires StudentsPublished on: March 25, 2019
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.
Five students took part in the local event, hosted by Portsmouth Grammar School in March, representing the countries of Turkey and Mexico.
They covered a wide range of issues including climate change, war on plastics, conflict in Syria, foreign intervention in political institutions, human trafficking, emigration from Africa, waste management and obesity epidemic.
Austin Smith, who studies Biology, Chemistry and History, found the event insightful:
“The Model UN conference at PGS was a useful insight into how the UN works in practice. It was an enjoyable and eye-widening experience, which developed knowledge on important worldwide struggles that impact us today.”
Hannah Whitcomb also commented about her experience at MUN:
“The experience of the Model UN was very enjoyable because it allowed me to learn new debate skills by listening to and interacting with different people.”
Naima Ali, who studies Law, Religious Studies and Psychology said:
“I would say that the Model United Nations event at Portsmouth Grammar was really useful in showing how politics work and how decisions are made at the UN. Some of the skills that I gained from MUN are public speaking and debating. I also think it was a great opportunity to meet new people whilst also learning about the different viewpoints that countries possess.”
Alison Cross, Deputy Head of Careers & Universities praised our students for their enthusiasm and mentioned how engaged our students were in the discussion of worldwide topics.