The school played host to approximately 200 pupils from 16 schools at our annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference.
The theme for SGSMUN was ‘Youth’ with the pupil-led Organising Committee stating: “We believe that our generation is important and there are many exciting issues to be tackled through interesting debate.”
The weekend saw delegates represent countries such as Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia and Switzerland as they discussed a myriad of issues. Some of the topics they covered included: the Sovereignty of the Crimean Peninsula; Autonomous and AI weaponry; Polar Oil Drilling; Genetic Screening; and Human Rights in Relation to Religious Wars.
Navendu Mishra, a member of the Labour Party`s National Executive Committee (NEC), was a guest speaker at the event. Navendu is the first Hindu and youngest ever member of the NEC and knows all about youth empowerment as he was active in the youth structures of Labour (Young Labour) and Unite the union.
The Organising Committee for SGSMUN, who worked tirelessly in the run-up and during the weekend, were: Bella Platt – Secretary General; Divyendu Mishra and Alex Ward – Deputy Secretary General; Alex Patsias – Head of Chairs; and Tobin Rose – Head of Secretariat.
In her closing report, Secretary General Bella said: “I am a 13 year old girl, the youngest in my year, and the youngest person to take the role of Secretary General. I, as much as anyone, realise I still have a lot to learn to take on the tasks the world will throw at our generation. That is why I thank you now; I have been inspired by so many of you today, and in the past at other conferences. I am constantly delighted at the level of debate and the skills you show, that I can only feel hope for the future.”
All proceeds from the tuck shop during the event were donated to EducAid Sierra Leone, an educational network comprising of free schools, teacher training, and tertiary programmes that provide distinctive, personalised, top-quality, holistic education and support to vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans.