Watch: Young students to represent the world at Model UN
On March 16 and 17, secondary school students from across Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and Curacao will be playing the role as diplomats at Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain's Model UN (MUN) General Assembly.
Model UN is an interactive training and development activity aimed at secondary school students and serves as a critical exercise that helps them become more aware, tolerant and open-minded about varying points of view on world issues. Although hosted by Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain in Trinidad, MUN takes place around the world through various agencies.
The forum allows students to hone their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research while addressing global concerns in a real-world context. Each year, conferences address important issues including regional conflicts, women and children, peacekeeping, human rights, economic and social development, and the environment.
This year's debate will focus on the rights of refugees, where United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Supporter and former Iraqi refugee, Ahmed Badr will be present. When Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed in the midst of the Iraq War. The family was uninjured and they moved to Syria. In 2008, they relocated to the U.S. as refugees.
Chair of the Model UN Committee, Lara Quentrall-Thomas and former MUN delegate and current Head Trainer for MUN, Ruqayyah Scott stopped by our studio to tell us more about the immersive programme and its massive impact.