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School Debates On Global Issues

School Debates On Global Issues
From left:Tamera Evers,Ailean Paelate,Hannah Ketea,Shayden Saberi,Ra'ed Hamid,Carlos Manaog students of International Secondary School at the official launch of UN Model yesterday.Photo:VILIMONI VAGANALAU.
April 19
11:12 2016

International School Suva held a model United Nations at their secondary school in Laucala Beach Estate, Suva yesterday.

Year 13 students represented each UN member countries as they gathered information to discuss and debate on global issues.

ISS Head of Humanities and model UN coordinator Milika Waqainabete said model UN was an event where students applied what they have learned in the classroom by taking on a role of a diplomat and developing public speaking skills, confidence, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

“The students are to use formal language and conduct a meeting to discuss and debate on global issues by choosing their own individual countries to talk on,” Ms Waqainabete said.

“It’s something where they have to challenge themselves to apply what they have learned in a formal environment and seeing the response especially for the first timers was more than what we had expected after conducting two training sessions.”

This year the students of Year 13 were divided into four committees as the general assembly, security council, the Korea crisis and the State of Israel crisis; to apply their knowledge and speak on the issues putting aside their personal opinions.

Mrs Waqainabete encouraged other students to take part in similar events if available to take on the various opportunities offered in such events.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Secretary Luke Daunivalu, who was the chief guest at the event, said it was more of an opportunity for him to share some of his experiences and lessons he had learned as a diplomat with the students.

“One of the lessons I shared with the students here is the need to always be eager to learn as at the UN is like a global university where you talk about different issues covering all the types of issues that the global community is dealing with on any day in any way and to identify the position on those countries.”

Year 13 student Howard Jiang chose the topic of the refugee crises in Europe said at first she was very nervous to take part as this is her first time in an event like this.

“I chose the country Indonesia who assists Europe in transferring refugees to another country for resettlement,” Mr Jiang said.

Mr Jiang said that this was a great experience for everyone to improve on their knowledge.


Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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