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WISS Global Leaders in Practice

February, 2014
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wiss-leadership-newsDuring the 16 to 18 January, nine students from the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) joined 35 schools attending from as far away as Sweden and Zambia for the Model United Nations Conference held at Concordia International School Shanghai. Over 400 students were present and the event involved productive debate and enthusiastic collaboration.

The theme of the conference was, “Shaping our Demographic Destiny.” It featured topics such as the controversial involvement of the US in Cuba, which led to a very heated debate, leaving the General Assembly strongly divided.

Joelle Galloway, Grade 11 student at WISS, who was a delegate in General Assembly 4, shared her experience: “China, Russia, Iraq, Australia and I together submitted a resolution disapproving of the protection and immigration of stateless people. We had some pretty solid points. However, in the end we were unable to convince the house of our PoV and sadly, but maybe not so sadly for the refugees, our resolution failed to pass.”

Gillian Niesel, also in Grade 11, commented: “Our group discussed the issue of enhancing the rights and welfare of Syrian refugees regarding neighboring nations. Most of the people were shy because they were first timers but people slowly opened up, especially if there is a leader or two to drive the conversations forward.”

“One of our first-time WISS MUNers in Grade 9 was a little quiet at the beginning, but by the third day could not be silenced. She knows who she is,” shared Vanessa Scully, Head of English at WISS and MUN Advisor. “All the students learned a lot, worked hard, made friends and hope to be back next year.”

MUN is still growing at WISS and WISS students look forward to future conferences both in Shanghai and further afield. 


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