Posted on 25/06/2010
Sophie-Jane Bowen, John McLaverty, Isbah Anjum and Christopher Tierney
Royal Holloway, University of London, hosted its first Model UN Summit and invited pupils from surrounding schools to take part in the lively debate to explore ‘the rights of the child’ and ‘alleviating poverty.’
The pupils from Salesian School in Chertsey, Heathside School in Weybridge, St Joseph’s School in Slough and Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, were split into groups and represented different UN countries including China, France, India, Mozambique and the United States of America.
The event, organised with Oxfam, was chaired and facilitated by Politics students at Royal Holloway to explore global politics, challenge current international policies and enhance decision-making skills.
The school pupils received an information pack prior to the event, to prepare them for the debate. At the end of the session the students formulated a resolution and these suggestions and comments will be put to world leaders by Oxfam at the next UN Summit.
John McLaverty, Oxfam Youth and Schools Campaigner for London and the South East, said, “Oxfam Youth and Schools was proud to be involved with Royal Holloway's first Model UN conference. The young people demonstrated a detailed knowledge of global issues and their debates reflected a passionate commitment to make the world a fairer and more just place. I hope that participating in the Model UN will inspire many of them to continue their active engagement as global citizens.”
Tanya Popeau, Senior Widening Participation and Outreach Officer at Royal Holloway, said, “We were delighted to launch this event with Oxfam. We were incredibly impressed with the passion, knowledge and negotiation skills demonstrated by the school students. Our Politics undergraduates were superb on the day and really generated lively debates which empowered the young people to question and get involved in international affairs and society as a whole.”