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Pune: Model United Nations as an exercise in thought and empathy

Model United Nations was held in schools and colleges across Pune.

Written by Sana Sarosh | Mumbai |
October 6, 2016 1:33:58 am

REPRESENTING THE nation appears challenging but students in the city have been simulating doing just that at the Model United Nations held in schools and colleges.

The Model United Nations, popularly known as MUN, is a simulation of the UN’s various committees. Students play roles as delegates of different countries at a Model UN event. These competitions are organized by various schools and colleges.

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The topics at recent MUNs cover major world issues such as Iran, human rights violations in the Philippines, the dynamics of the Syrian civil war, the international refugee crisis, Brexit and more. MUNs compel the delegates or students to brainstorm on possible reforms in the World Bank too.

Delegates at the Podar Summit 2016 held by the RN Podar School recently decided to revisit the Kargil conflict, given current India-Pakistan tensions. The students had the chance to make decisions that could undo the confrontation.

Ankita Misra, a MUN enthusiast and a student of Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College and Centre, said, “Committees that deal with history are definitely my favourite. It’s a bigger test to the skills of a debater, a bigger battle to someone who cares and the biggest challenge for someone who wants to make a change.”

Satchit Chatterjee, a student of RN Podar School, said, “You play out your role, big fish or small, forgetting the prospects of winning, but only looking to change how international relations affect your designated country, or how yours affect the world”.

This debating format provides a place for aspiring journalists, photographers, and event planners to hone their skills as well. It also develops empathy among students for countries they hadn’t been aware of.

The variety of issues taken up by the MUNs and the level of sincerity portrayed by the students indeed tends to show that our youth are more invested in the day-to-day world that we tend to believe.

They are gearing up to actively take part in shaping our country’s future and making an impact on the world.

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