ISA MUN Students Praised at Prestigious THIMUN Conference
In January, ISA’s Model United Nations (MUN) students were once again put to the test as they participated in the renowned THIMUN conference.
Believed to be one of the biggest and most prestigious High School MUN Conferences, and against the backdrop of the historic governmental city of The Hague, this 50th anniversary of THIMUN gave our 20 participating ISA MUN’ers a chance to prove their debating mettle as they competed against over 2000 students from schools across the globe.
However, despite the size and reputation of the conference, our MUN’ers were not daunted by their task. In fact, many ISA students were recognised for their active engagement in the conference and their level of debate skills as they represented the delegations of Slovenia and the UN Environment Programme.
Grade 10 MUN’er Elle Chassin said: “THIMUN represents everything we love about MUN. We expanded our world views with peers from all four corners of the world and were able to enhance our debate and public speaking skills in a conference that assembled more than 5000 students in The Hague.”
Headed for the past several years by Individuals & Societies teacher Mary Lowe, the MUN Programme has expanded significantly over the past few years and gone from strength to strength, growing in prestige, the number of participating students and opportunities for students to attend conferences to hone their debate skills.
In keeping with ISA’s core belief of developing minds, students in the Programme are challenged and supported on their individual journeys to self-discovery. Through taking part in MUN conferences such as THIMUN, students are encouraged to ask questions, be curious and open-minded, develop problem-solving skills, and take ownership of their own learning experiences, allowing them to build self-confidence and leadership skills.
Mary said: “THIMUN is a non-competitive Model United Nations conference that promotes diplomatic collaboration among participants. Our students had the opportunity to engage in friendly debate and negotiations with a diverse community of students from over 50 countries who came together for the largest MUN conference in the world held at the World Forum in the Hague. This conference, and MUN in general, raises student awareness in pressing global issues, empowers them as problem-solvers, and gives them confidence as public speakers and critical problem-solvers while making connections with students from a wide array of backgrounds.”
Congratulations once again to our ISA MUN students for another successful conference!