A Model UN collaboration

The School welcomed 20 third year pupils from Williamwood High School to take part in a Model UN workshop last Wednesday.

Hutchie and Williamwood High pupils recently met up at the George Watson’s College MUN and staff felt that there was scope for some further collaboration, especially to encourage younger pupils to get involved.

Model UN attempts to simulate the real life workings of the UN, through day and weekend long conferences, where schools issue the roles of various national delegations and attempt to lobby other delegations to get resolutions agreed upon for general debate.

The purpose of our workshop was to let the pupils work together as six countries (each a mix of Hutchie and Williamwood pupils) to become more familiar with the key phases of a typical Model UN - writing a resolution, lobbying other delegations and speaking in public.

Research

The key to Model UN is knowing your subject, so the pupils were encouraged to research and present some key facts about their countries and then to think how they might word a resolution on school uniforms, before applying these ideas to more global issues.

Through a mix of talks and activities the pupils were guided through some of the technical language of a Model UN. We also introduced an imaginary global crisis for delegates to consider: breaking news about a supposed North Korean rocket misfiring on to an oil tanker.

The pupils enjoyed the experience and worked well together, ably kept under control by chairs from our Fourth Year-especially Adam Watt, Gareth Williams and Jennifer McNeill. We’ve agreed to follow this up with a joint mini MUN in September, with more time in smaller committees, allowing more discussion.

Said Depute Rector, Jim McDougall: “Model UN is about learning how to work together to address global issues - both our schools are committed to global citizenship, so are delighted to work with our colleagues from Willamwood to help develop a greater understanding of international organisations like the UN and gain a little insight into the complexities of global relations and issues.”

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