A delegation of Bahrain-based St Christopher’s School students recently participated in the North American Invitational Model United Nations (Naimun) conference in Washington DC.
The delegation comprised 39 students from Year 10 to 13, who also toured the capital city during their seven-day trip to the US.
The 50th session of Naimun, held from February 14 to 17, attracted some 3,000 delegates from high schools across the globe, who took part in intensive, high-quality debates that extended over two-and-a-half days.
The opening ceremony, featuring a controversial speaker and a walk-out by several Chinese delegations had the students keen to get debating the world’s issues of past and present, a statement from the school said.
Topics ranged from world issues such as ‘women’s rights to reproduce’ and ‘democratisation of African states’ to historical issues covering countries as far apart as Haiti and Libya.
Delegates from St Christopher’s – the only school from Bahrain to attend what is considered the Western Hemisphere's largest and preeminent Model United Nations conference – acquitted themselves well with the school’s Bassam Al Alawi, having won an Honorable Mention in his committee.
“The conference itself was an experience to remember. Along with the usual general assembly committees and Ecosoc committees, there were crisis committees like the regionals, councils, summits and courts,” Sampriti Gupta, a participant, said.
“While the general assemblies and Ecosoc councils were discussing world issues, regionals and councils, summits and courts were continuously being bombarded with crisis-after-crisis.” – TradeArabia News Service