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Students across Havering and Redbridge take on the world at Model UN debate

PUBLISHED: 14:09 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 July 2017

Students at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debate

Students at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debate

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From problems posed by President Trump to major world issues including the refugee crisis, pupils held their very own United Nations debate last week.

Students at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debateStudents at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debate

From problems posed by President Trump to major world issues including the refugee crisis, pupils held their very own United Nations debate last week.

Over 150 students simulated serious diplomatic scenarios over the two-day event at Seven Kings High School, Ley Street.

Working in groups including the Security Council and Crisis Committee, the delegates represented different countries and were given real-time updates on conflicts and developing situations across the globe during realistic UN-styled assemblies.

This year, the debates focused on the topic of migration - from migrants landing on the Greek island of Lesbos, to Syrians being displaced from their homes.

Students at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debateStudents at Seven Kings Secondary School become young ambassadors for a UN style debate

This year, Mayfield School, Chadwell Health Academy, St Edwards Church of England School and Willowfield Humanities College joined in, alongside Woodbridge High School which returned for the second year.

With the goal of upholding human rights and ensuring nation states welcomed migrants, the students, aged 11 to 18 years old, from schools across Havering and Redbridge got stuck in.

Diplomacy was the key words as students navigated global challenges such as human trafficking and civil war, to ensuring the safe passage of child refugees.

In particular, President Trump’s immigration ban featured heavily as students debated how it affected migration into their countries.

The event last Thursday and Friday provided pupils – or delegates as they were known for the two days – hands-on experience in undertaking diplomacy and international relations.

Geography teacher Angelina Chapman said the students had enjoyed getting involved.

She said: “The students really had a phenomenal time and really bonded over the two days.

“It was great seeing them return on the second day armed with lots of new information.

“It led to watching some great debates.”

The annual event, which started in 2011, has grown rapidly as students from across the borough and further afield have shown interest in attending, Ms Chapman added.

She said: “We started this with just three committees and now we have seven committees and six schools taking part!

“We will definitely be running the event next year.”

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