Christ's Hospital Model United Nations (MUN) programme develops global citizenship amongst the next generation of world thinkers and leaders.
Its award-winning team debates international affairs at conferences across the country and organises its own for students from other schools.
Top Prize at Haileybury MUN Conference
A team from Christ’s Hospital has won top prize at the country’s largest school-level Model United Nations conference. A group of five students from the school beat 128 other teams to secure first place at the end of the three-day competition, which was attended by 700 students from across the world.
Another team from Christ’s Hospital was also declared runner up, securing a High Commended Delegation Award. A total of twelve different trophies were presented to students from the school during the conference’s closing ceremony.
Forty-seven schools from three different continents attended the event, which simulated the diplomatic debate of the United Nations. Students from Christ’s Hospital represented the views of the United States of America, Canada and Sweden in committees including the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly.
The students successfully secured backing for a number of resolutions offering solutions to pressing global problems. These included proposals for achieving universal primary education, addressing the ebola epidemic, protecting biodiversity and ensuring freedom of expression in the news media.
Ten students from Christ’s Hospital were considered the best in their committees, securing Distinguished Delegate Awards. Individual prizes were won by CH students Angel Droth Vicens, Dani Heath, Edmond King, Mololuwa Olanrewaju, Grace Owen Ellis Clark, Isobel Thomas Horton, Tia Troth, Onyinye Udokporo and Isobel Walker.
Dr Alistair Goddard, who coaches the school’s Model United Nations team, commented: “I am always hugely impressed by the passion with which Christ’s Hospital students support their ideas about solving the world’s problems. They have real interest in international politics, human rights and development. In some cases, the students were able to draw on their personal experiences of migration, social exclusion and life in developing countries in their speeches.”
“This was an astonishing result for the team. We were competing against some of the best schools in the country and from across the world. It was a huge shock to return to CH with such a haul of trophies”, he added.
Model United Nations is one of a number of extra-curricular activities offered at the Horsham-based school.
The conference was hosted by Haileybury College in Hertford. The Model United Nations programme is kindly sponsored by the Amicable Society of Blues.