CCSS students join the debate and discussions at the West London Model U.N. Conference


Sara Alomari giving her opening speech in front of the committee for Migrant Safety representing the viewpoints of Bangladesh.
Sara Alomari giving her opening speech in front of the committee for Migrant Safety representing the viewpoints of Bangladesh.

On Saturday 2 February, 9 students from CCSS caught an early morning train to London in order to attend the West London Model United Nations Conference. This was everyone’s first conference this year and so nerves and excitement were high. The conference was being held at The American School in London, which was a place familiar to the students as they’d participated in a Model U.N. training day there a few months ago. CCSS was the only school participating from outside of London, and so had had a longer commute than most that morning!

The conference began with the opening ceremony, which included some touching speeches and a rousing call to action to begin helping change the world for the better. The overall theme for the conference was ‘Global Health’ with students later dividing into committees on subtopics under this theme. The committee topics included Sexual Health, Migration and Health, Migrant Safety and Wellbeing, and the Security Council discussed the important topic of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

CCSS delegates before the conference in front of the entrance of the American School in London.
CCSS delegates before the conference in front of the entrance of the American School in London.

The debates and discussions lasted the whole day, with every moderated and unmoderated caucus bringing the committees ever closer to agreeing on resolutions. At the end of the day, all the delegates came back together for the Awards Ceremony. We were delighted to hear that Arimoku from CCSS had won the award for the best position paper for the Security Council. The conference was a fantastic experience and greatly inspired the students involved. By the end of the conference, the students were more aware of crises and global issues, they were more confident in forming and debating an opinion, and in making their voices heard on issues that matter to them.

Waiting for the award ceremony to start after a long day of debate.
Waiting for the award ceremony to start after a long day of debate.

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