A group of Rydal Penrhos pupils travelled to London for a special Model United Nations debate
22nd September 2016

A group of Rydal Penrhos pupils travelled to London for a special Model United Nations debate.

Grace Patrick, Will Marston and Kalina Tsaneva, all upper sixth pupils at the school, were invited to take part in the debate, which is part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the UN, which held its first assembly debate at the Central Hall, Westminster.

The trio formed the Egyptian delegation and recreated debates from seven decades ago, centred on atomic energy and refugees within the context of today’s world, and joined a number of other Methodist Schools from across the country.

Kalina, aged 17, said:

“Seventy years on we now have a refugee crisis to rival the end of World War II and yet many Britons whether the man in the street or short termism from politicians still think of ourselves as an isolated island able to survive wholly independently.  

“Despite identical resolutions being debated 70 years ago on the topics of atomic energy and proliferation and refugee crises they are still unfortunately very current today.  

“A MUN gives pupils the opportunity to discuss matters of great importance in the sphere of politics and current affairs whilst developing debating skills and learning more about how others view the world.  

“Our history teaching, newspapers and broadcast news present a very British centric and western centric view of the world and taking part in MUN helps to appreciate that others can hold a very different perspective.”

Head of Business Studies Mike Farnell, who also travelled down with the group, said the three pupils “thoroughly enjoyed” the experience and are looking into further debates they can become involved with in the future.


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