Model UN explores global issues

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am

Hundreds of students took part in a United Nations activity last week to debate issues of global concern, including disarmament, human rights and the environment.

In the student-run event, known as Model United Nations, about 330 students from Hong Kong and the region played the roles of ambassadors from UN member states and discussed global topics.

The students, aged between 13 and 17, represented three international schools in Hong Kong and 10 international schools in Thailand, Malaysia and several other countries. The event was held at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday.

Aneta Kanturkova, the event's secretary general and a student of the school, said it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of global issues among students. The activity also helped students learn to get along with people from other nations, she said. In one of the highlights, two student leaders suddenly announced a crisis had broken out in Egypt and the participants responded quickly to present their solutions.

Aneta's schoolmate, Katrina Yap, said she learned to hold in-depth talks on current affairs.

Tysone Scott, a teacher from the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, brought eight students to the city. He hoped they could learn about more than just global issues. 'It is about the art of conversation. Students will learn how to master it.'