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Sunday, 28 June 2015
Bolton School Boys Division took part in their most successful Model UN conference to date at Withington Girls’ School. The standard of debate was very high, with some of the country’s best independent schools sending delegations to debate a diverse range of issues from Global Terrorism to the creation of sustainable healthcare.
Seven pupils were members of the Chinese delegation: Year 12 students Daniel Anderson, Cyrus Azimy and James Flood, Year 11s Rohit Bagewadi and Alex Moriarty, Nick Clark from Year 9 and Thomas Yates from Year 7. A second team, comprising Year 12 student Sam Gorick, Year 11s Safwan Parel and Jack Virgin, Year 9 pupils James Bradley, Andy Garcia-Cox and Alex Matthews, and Cameron Matthews in Year 7, represented Israel. The boys had to work hard researching the debate topics in advance of the conference itself.
This was the Model UN society’s greatest triumph to date; delegates in no less than four committees, including the two most challenging, won their debates and were named as outstanding. These boys were China delegates Daniel, Nick and Rohit, and Israel delegate Jack.
Daniel was on the Human Rights Council and debated the question of limiting the Freedom of the Press, the current role of women within the UN, and the issue of UN Peacekeeping Forces committing Human Rights violations. Rohit was on the Security Council and discussed the issues of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East and Global Counter-Terrorism. Nick was on the Middle East committee and discussed the question of self-determination in the Middle East and the issue of refugees and internally displaced peoples in the Middle East. Jack debated on the Cyber Sci committee, discussing the topics cyber terrorism and genetic engineering.
In addition to these outstanding performances, Cyrus, Sam, Alex Matthews and Alex Moriarty were also highly commended for their individual performances in the various committees.
The efforts of these individuals, combined with strong performances on all other committees, meant that the boys on the Chinese delegation won the overall competition and were named outstanding debaters for the first time in Model UN’s short history at Bolton School!
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