Chris Broadbent, Head of Humanities, Careers and Pathways Coordinator
On Wednesday 2 December, Year 8 and Year 9 students took part in a full day simulation of the United Nations.
The Model United Nations Australian International School Malaysia (MUNAISM) Conference has been a long standing tradition at AISM, but this was the first time that the conference was held entirely online as part of the Continuity of Learning program. MUNAISM is a cross-curricular activity involving English and Humanities classes with the aim of promoting public speaking, leadership and global citizenship.
Model United Nations is a global forum that enables students to take part in a simulation of a United Nations Conference to discuss and resolve real world issues. MUN has been running for decades and has given students all over the world a chance to have their voices and opinions heard.
The topics that the students debated this year were:
- Eliminating modern slavery
- Combating piracy in the Strait of Malacca
- Ensuring sustainable housing for those living in extreme poverty in Southeast Asia
- Promoting physical exercise in the Internet Era
Students spent two weeks researching topics and drafting resolutions with the aim of solving these issues. The conference was an opportunity for students to debate, amend and vote on these resolutions. Despite the added challenges of conducting such a conference entirely online, our students did a remarkable job of representing their countries and delivered well-researched and well-considered speeches.
Congratulations to all who took part and a huge thank you to our three amazing Chairs, Yeu Joe Cheun, Alice Tan and Nichole Ong, who ran the conference with remarkable poise and professionalism.