16 Dec 2016 Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (The NCS) students win ‘Best Delegation Award’ in prestigious Model United Nations Conference
On 13th & 14th December 15 talented NCS students participated in the Model United Nations Conference at the International Maritime organisation in London. Over 20 schools attended ranging from non-selective/selective state schools, independent schools and international schools from Bahrain and Lebanon.
During the conference students spent time discussing the complexities of the Mediterranean refugee crisis, child refugees, maritime piracy, climate change and arctic sustainability and most resolutions were passed!
In the biggest committee on UNHCR refugees we had three different countries represented by NCS students and over 30 countries competing. We won all three awards which included best position paper, honourable mention and distinguished delegate.
The NCS went away with over 9 awards including the prestigious award for best delegation, beating strong contenders Highgate Independent School who have won for the last three years. This is a tremendous achievement for our students and everyone at The NCS would like to congratulate them all for their achievement. The students’ preparation over the last few weeks have included the creation of some outstanding position papers that will now be used as exemplar material for future conferences.
Ms Malik, who accompanied the students on the conference said of our students’ success, “I was extremely impressed by the rigour and determination our students showed over the last two days at the Model United Nations which was hosted at the International Maritime Organisation HQ in London. Our students looked closely at the needs, aspirations and foreign policy of the country they represented at the event and this was evident through the high quality of debating displayed throughout the day. ‘MUN’ was a powerful experience for NCS students to come together to listen, negotiate, and collaborate and then offer solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems, increasing their identity as global citizens.”
<h2>The Student View</h2>
MUN was delightfully current, thought provoking, and undeniably informative, particularly powerful in recognition of the current pressing problems the global community faces, in light of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Being part of the UNHCR committee definitely managed to challenge our perceptions about specific country policies, human rights, and perhaps most importantly, learn about the complexities of creating a successful and viable resolution which we managed to do! Overall, an unforgettable experience.
– Sidrah Shaikh and Raihan Qadir
The few days at MUN were mentally stimulating, not to mention fun. The conference required us to be tough debaters while teaching us to think quickly on our feet in a logical manner. Furthermore, it revealed the hurdles and tough decisions real diplomats faced in making resolutions. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this conference which broadened our horizons.
– Abdullah Raja and Rohima Khanom
An amazing experience discussing real issues facing the world today with people of different races and cultures. Really inspiring and informing.
– Nozrul Islam and Bridget