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Model United Nations Putrajaya

Last weekend ten pupils from the Senior School took part in the first Model United Nations conference of the academic year, hosted by Nexus International School, Putrajaya. Completing ‘NISPMUN’ was no small accomplishment for some of the delegates, many of whom had never been to a national conference before.

Over two hundred delegates aged between 12 and 18, represented over fifty countries, in six different committees. Our pupils did incredibly well to stay composed; each delivering their opening speeches in front of an unfamiliar audience and debating important contemporary issues to arrive at diplomatic resolutions.

Marlborough College Malaysia pupils showed a high level of dedication, working to complete their final resolutions both at the conference and in their own time. Hakim Faizal, Hundred, deserves special mention for being a lead submitter in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) for his resolution on ‘The Question of Managing Missile Defense Systems’, which was passed by a majority vote. At the closing ceremony, Hakim was awarded a well-deserved certificate for his outstanding contribution to the debate.

As the conference went on, the pupils grew in confidence and enthusiasm, which spoke to the success of the MUN trip. On the way back to School there was a real ‘buzz’ on the bus, many of whom could be heard quoting memorable speeches and referencing the UN charter!

I am convinced that the MUN activity at Marlborough College Malaysia will continue to grow and inspire many pupils wishing to extend their awareness of global citizenship and the simultaneous problems and possibilities of our interconnected lives. To quote one of our esteemed delegates, Qamarina Azman, Hundred, when asked, “What do you most enjoy about MUN?” she responded, “We learn to defend different nations and by removing ourselves from our own biased views, we learn not to attack each other, but to understand one another”.

Many thanks to parents for your ongoing support with the trips, and also to Mr Hearl for assisting pupils over the busy weekend.

Denise Galstaun
Head of English and MUN trip leader

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