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Grange Students Experience Life in the Hague

A consortium of pupils from The Grange and Cheadle Hulme School joined around 3000 other students from all over the world to take part in The Hague Model United Nations conference.

The Grange consortium, given the task of representing Trinidad and Tobago, had a wonderful week, debating current world issues and working towards a consensus with other students from all over the world.  Hattie Knutton acted as the Trinidad and Tobago ambassador and Emily Gregg was part of a powerful lobbying group that saw their resolution on Africa pass with a large majority.

Trinidad and Tobago was not as difficult a country to represent as last year’s (Israel), but there were plenty of issues to be involved in and the delegates submitted resolutions in every committee. Students had to write these resolutions pre conference, lobby them and then debate them in committee stage.

The students also attended a screening of “Sweet Dreams Rwanda” followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director; attended a presentation by Shell (given by Mr Combey, whose son Jonathan was part of the delegation) which explored many of the issues a multinational company faces when it works in an unstable region; and witnessed a dramatic moment in the mass genocide trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic.