MUNA Report from Glenferrie Rotary Club
Glenferrie RC sponsored four students from two schools to attend the Model United Nation Assembly (MUNA) at Camp Getaway on the weekend of May 26 – 28, 2017.
MUNA simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. Resolutions are determined in advance on topics including: World Security, Environmental matters, the Middle East, Human Rights, Trade and Commerce, Health and Education, and the United Nations.
Our students were: India Guerrieri and Luke McCracken from Swinburne Senior Secondary College representing Colombia; Devika Moss and Liam Ho from Auburn High School representing South Korea. Students are provided with the resolutions and the country they will represent a month in advance. They familiarize themselves with the country and the resolutions to be debated and wear the national dress of their country in all the daily assembly sessions.
MUNA is a terrific event, enabling students to improve their public speaking and debating skills; encouraging them to make sympathetic and informed comments on world problems; and sharing their opinions and friendship with students from other schools.
The debates I saw on Sunday were intellectually stimulating, delivered with style and in accordance with proper process and rules; and included much humour and empathy.
A special thank you to our member Newton Langford, District MUNA Committee member who has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks assisting with the management of MUNA applications, liaising with schools and students and contributing very effectively to an extremely well run event.
Thank you also to Carol Benson, Brendan Rice and Rob Hogan for assisting with transport of our students for the event.
Youth Services Director
Rotary Club of Glenferrie