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Model UN at The Hague

Sixth Form students at The Grange teamed up with their counterparts at Cheadle High School to form a formidable delegation at this year’s Model United Nations conference which takes place in the UN’s home at The Hague.

The Grange students, Alex Woodfinden, Angus Ewing, Molly Archer and Elle Woods-Marshall banded together with students from the Cheadle school in order to represent the interests of Somalia at the conference.

MUN conferences and debates are a simulation of the United Nations in which participants explore solutions to a range of challenges that the world faces today.  Investigating issues such as human rights, the environment, economic and social development, disarmament and education, the students analyse and debate the most challenging contemporary concerns, always representing the views of a country other than their own.

The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) is one of the most prestigious MUN conferences in the world and attracts thousands of delegates from all over the world.

“It’s hard to overstate the very high level of debate that these students were involved in for five exhausting but rewarding days. They prepared thoroughly beforehand and proved themselves to be very knowledgeable not just about their chosen specialist issue but also on so many more issues that were debated,” said Mrs Anuška Dostálová, Head of PSE at The Grange.

“They worked as a team and were supportive of each other in difficult times and in the learning process. Their work continued each evening for the daily debrief and even at dinner they were still discussing ideas from debates that day and for the next day.  I have rarely had such a proud and rewarding experience as a teacher,” continued Mrs Dostálová.