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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
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.
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