Host of awards at conference ceremony for pupils

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The Christ’s Hospital’s Model United Nations (MUN) team recently returned with a host of awards after competing in the Reigate MUN Conference.

The event recreated the debate of the United Nations, discussing a range of important global challenges in sessions devoted to human rights, political problems, the world economy and social issues.

The students engaged with a number of controversial and complex topics including the availability of contraception in the developing world, human rights in Myanmar and international debt.

Pupils from Christ’s Hospital were presented with the Outstanding Delegation Award (the highest team prize) at the conference’s closing ceremony.

The three winning students from Year 11 represented the policies of Germany during the event.

While another Christ’s Hospital team representing Japan also won a Highly Commended Delegation Award.

CH students also came away with a number individual prizes, with Kwame Owusu claiming an Outstanding Delegate Award for his contribution to debate on international terrorism and conflict minerals, Tom Sparkes, Bernice Ewetade and Georgia Koronka all securing Highly Commended Awards.

The results were particularly impressive given that the whole team consisted of first-time delegates.

Dr Alistair Goddard, who organises MUN at CH, commented: “The students have again demonstrated their ability to negotiate, build consensus, understand alternative viewpoints and learn independently.

“These skills developed through MUN are crucial for their success in later life.

“I am so proud of the team’s success,” he added.

The conference was hosted by Reigate Grammar School. Model United Nations at Christ’s Hospital is reliant on the kind support of the Amicable Society of Blues.