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Model United Nations Conference

Tuesday 13 February 2018

On 3 February, CH hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) Conference with representations from 40 CH and Epsom College sixth form pupils. The delegates debated four pressing world problems: 

Disarmament: The Question of the Right to Nuclear Weapons.

Health: The Question of Combating and Preventing the Zika Virus.

Human Rights: The Question of the Legalising of Capital Punishment.

Economic and Social: The Question of Legalising the Trade of Opiates.

A co-curricular activity run in schools and universities, the aim of MUN is to build an understanding of current global challenges. Participants take on the role of diplomats and political leaders from across the globe. Individual delegates win prizes for representing ‘their’ countries and the chosen topics have to be thoroughly researched for stand-out debates.  It is also a test of leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking.

Following a rigorous day, the four winners from CH were Helena Walsh, outstanding delegate, with highly commended awards given to Andre Da Silva-Jenkins, Kate Cooley and Emma Hitchcock.

This was the first  major event to be held in the School’s new Hertford Centre, opened earlier this month, which the pupils said was a ‘brilliant space’ for the conference.

In a more relaxed atmosphere during the evening dinner, pupils exchanged stories about their chosen debate topics and about how nerve wracking public speaking can be. CH’s Nana Sarfo-Bonsu gave a spellbinding talk about how nervous she had been before her very first conference when she was in UF (Year 10) and felt proud of her achievements at MUN as it had challenged her beyond her comfort zone.

Epsom College pupils enjoyed the day at CH. They were fascinated by the Tudor uniform and were disappointed to miss the lunch parade because of the wet weather.  A teacher from Epsom said: “We had an absolutely fantastic time, and found the conference to be so slick and well organised. The debating was of an excellent quality, and all our delegates had great fun, particularly at the diplomatic dinner.”

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