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Global youth conference builds internationalism

Clean water, exploitation of our oceans, maternal death and regulation of Space were just some of the burning issues debated by high school and university students from 81 different countries at the 2020 Model United Nations (MUN) Conference last month.

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Among the participants were five highly passionate ACG School Jakarta change-makers – Chiara Mini and Anirudh Sripathi (Year 11), and Anh Vu, Raahim Hadi and Rebecca Balanescu (Year 12).

Designed to foster global awareness of issues and develop collaborative problem-solving strategies, the international conference empowers students to hone their critical thinking and research skills while boosting their self-confidence and public speaking capabilities.

“It is important for an international school to continually develop its worldwide outlook. And participation in a forum such as this promotes a spirit of internationalism,” says ACG School Jakarta ITGS (Information Technology in a Global Society) and Global Perspectives teacher, Brendan McTiernan.

MUN provides an ideal pathway for youth to strengthen their sense of internationalism and gain a deeper awareness of global issues. This year’s delegates spent six weeks getting ready for the event, researching their designated motions, preparing policy statements, drafting resolutions, and polishing their speeches.

“The debating sessions on draft resolutions and amendments were real highlights and the ACG School Jakarta students particularly enjoyed collaborating with other committee delegates and improvising speeches in favour of, and against, resolutions and amendments.”

This is the second year ACG School Jakarta has participated in the forum. While last year saw delegates congregate in Singapore, 2020’s virtual conference (which ran from 16th to 20th November) still packed a big punch.

“While some of the social interaction was lost being online, this year we saw greater interaction from our delegates in the debating sessions in terms of collaboration on draft resolutions, making speeches in favour or against, and in seeking points of clarification and information on draft resolutions and speeches.”

With 620 student delegates as well as teachers, administrators and MUN directors, the 2020 Model United Nations conference offered an outstanding experience to inspire and engage ACG School Jakarta’s most ardent global citizens.