Raise your voice

A DELEGATION of 14 students from Dubai International Academy (DIA), recently participated in the Third Model United Nations (MUN) Annual Conference for Middle School students that was held at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Published: Sun 20 Apr 2008, 12:10 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:45 PM

Some 1,000 schools from across North America were represented at the MUN Annual Conference with DIA being one of four schools that came from outside the region - the other three were from Mexico, Italy and Ghana. DIA students participated at the MUN conference as representatives of Burkina Faso and Republic of Ireland.

In preparation for the event, the young DIA delegates between the ages of 11 and 14, with guidance from their teachers and support from parents, drafted ‘Position Papers’, framing clauses for resolutions and getting to understand the dynamics of the Model United Nations. Then, in New York, the DIA students held their own committee sessions to deliberate on various topics like Indigenous Tribes, Global Warming, Children in Armed Conflict, and other issues.

Two of the DIA delegates - Amay Bhojani and Naman Jain had the distinction of receiving certificates of Commendation for their performance in the MUN conference. They represented the Human Rights Commission from the Republic of Ireland. During their exciting visit to the United States, DIA students also had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum, go on a day trip to Washington D.C. and watch a Broadway Musical, “The Lion King”.

Bhanu Shanker, Model United Nations Coordinator, DIA, said: “The annual Model United Nations conference is an excellent platform for young minds to focus their thoughts on global issues that will still be around when they grow up into mature citizens. Although they are young, it is still important that they make their voices heard on various global challenges. It was a great experience for the DIA students, many of whom were away from their families for the first time.”

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