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Young Assembly: Students at the Mock United Nations Conference at Sishya School in Chennai on Sunday.
Young Assembly: Students at the Mock United Nations Conference at Sishya School in Chennai on Sunday.

Meera Srinivasan

Three-day model conference concludes at Sishya School

CHENNAI: Everything was according to protocol: the delegates professional and their concerns, significant. They were in their mid or at the most, late teens, all sporting western formals and conducting themselves like seasoned delegates.

The three-day Model United Nations conference for school students that concluded at Sishya School here on Sunday had over 150 students from nearly 15 schools participating. With the student delegates voicing their concerns, resolutions were passed, after incorporating amendments that won adequate support.

Model United Nations (MUN) is a popular event among students in various countries. Students play roles of foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session to develop solutions to world problems. It is aimed at training students in civics, effective communication, globalisation and multilateral diplomacy.

Sishya’s principal Omana Thomas said the objective of the event was to sensitise students to global issues. “They conduct the proceedings exactly the way it is conducted at the United Nations.”

Students’ effort

Nandita Vijayaraghavan, Secretary General of the Sishya Mock United Nations Conference’s second edition, said the host school was involved in tasks such as meeting potential sponsors, inviting delegates and deciding on the countries to be represented.

Concerns such as peace, human rights and environmental issues were discussed during the event. “We plan to send our resolutions to the United Nations in New York,” the class twelve Sishya student said.

Students from city schools, international and boarding schools in Kodaikanal, Bangalore and Dehradun participated. Students from schools in the UK and Sri Lanka were also among delegates.

About 30 countries, including India, Ghana, Qatar, Russia and Sri Lanka were represented.

Troubling issues

Anne De Lima, from the Royal Institute in Sri Lanka, said they could empathise with other countries. “I think human rights violation is the biggest issue now,” she said.

Vaibhav Mathur, studying in Harrow School, London, is troubled by countries’ possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Speaking on their preparation, Dilsher Dhillon from the Doon School, said: “We need to follow current affairs closely.”

“Knowledge of fundamental rights, economic and foreign policies is imperative,” said Latoya Mistral Ferns, a student of Kodaikanal International school.

“The event broadens your perspective and offers a great learning experience,” said Sanya Samtani, a Vidya Niketan (Bangalore) student.

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