Model UN is a highly popular school event, with over 100 schools attending regularly in the Auckland Region.
It is modelled on the General Assembly of the United Nations; however, it is adapted to suit the students, fitting in with their other extra-curricular activities.
The purpose of these events is to stimulate an understanding and interest in the United Nations, whilst developing future bridges of goodwill, to ensure the maintenance of world peace and understanding. These events benefit the students, by providing them with an awareness of our world, enhancing their public speaking and developing friendships whilst working through current and relevant world issues.
An example of one the recent events the Model UN attended was the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly, run over 2 days (18th-19th of May at Auckland Girls Grammar School where students from almost 60 schools from all over the North Island came together to debate and discuss pressing and very relevant world issues like refugees and the migration crisis, nuclear stockpiles, child illiteracy, free trade and the integrity of elections while representing an assigned country.
These gave students who attended the chance to engage in thought-provoking discussions about these topics while collaborating with others in an intense and professional but sociable and fun environment, chaired by an ex-speaker of parliament.
Our Strathallan team was assigned the country of Germany and handled it excellently with on point debating and brilliant speeches regarding the remits of free trade and women’s rights. Overall a fun weekend and congratulations to the Strathallan team for their efforts.