On the 1st March 4 students from the 4ºESO set off on the long car journey to Calpe, Alicante for the first ever ISP Model United Nations conference which was being held in the Laude Lady Elizabeth School. 150 students from Laude schools all over the world came together in a truly international conference where many topics were discussed, debated and argued about in a formal context. Each student represented a country from the UN which they had researched and they had to stay in role as that country and with their respective views for the whole conference. Each country had to make a speech appertaining to two topics which were then discussed in order to come to a resolution about how to tackle the issue. The subject matters ranged from the use of sustainable energy, to the prevention of the use of illegal drugs or preventing youth crime. They were also looking at more contentious issues such as the protection of the LBGT community in Russia or freedom of expression and press freedom. The delegates learnt such a lot, not only about the different countries and their cultures and viewpoints, but also about the formality of political debate, getting used to compromise and working together and the general running of the United Nations.
The whole conference was conducted in English, meaning it was also a great boost for our students level of English over the few days we were there. They stepped out of their comfort zones through making public speeches in English, they enjoyed meeting students from a large variety of countries and had fun exploring Calpe and eating Paella! It was a very worthwhile conference and we were so proud of our students who were experiencing such a thing for the very first time. Congratulations to Rosa, Elena, Alicia and Javier for their whole hearted and open-minded participation in this Model United Nations conference. They will be presenting assemblies about it to other students after Easter.