Boys Impress at Model UN Conference
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Boys from Years 9 and 10 at Bolton School competed for the first time in the Model UN, in a conference held at Withington Girls' School. Several other leading independent schools were there including Shrewsbury, Kings Chester and Manchester High School for Girls, many of whom were represented by very experienced teams. Despite being their very first foray into Model UN debating, two pupils, Robert Stanton and Joel Dalton, received commendations for their performance, with Sam Prince being 'Highly Commended', an achievement almost unheard of in pupils' first round of Model UN debates.
Two delegations from the Boys' Division represented Argentina and the Ivory Coast at the conference and individual and team debates took place on a wide range of pertinent current affairs issues as diverse as the use of white phosphorous in armed conflict to stability in Sudan. The delegates were responsible for researching each issue, studying briefing papers and discovering what their nation's view would be on each. During the debate, individual delegates had to lobby potential allies as well as adversaries, submit policy statements and amendments and vote on potential changes to draft policies.
This was a great first attempt at Model UN and it is hoped that it is something that can be built upon in future years. The boys certainly seemed to enjoy it as it provided a good opportunity to do their own research into important current affairs issues, but also to mix and socialise with a range of other pupils.