On July 1st and 2nd, NPSIC organised and hosted our first ever inter-school Model United Nations event within the school premises. This simulation of the UN proceedings was put together entirely by students of Grade 11 and 12, who were all conscious of the incredible honour and privilege to be the host of such an occasion.
The activities across the two days focused on four committees of the UN General Assembly: UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee) and IPC (International Press Corps). The event saw participation from a total of 45 students from schools across Chennai as delegates representing various countries.
The opening ceremony in the school auditorium began with a traditional lamp lighting ceremony and invocation followed by a welcome address by senior students. In her address to the gathering, the Principal Mrs. Balan encouraged everyone to participate and learn with a healthy competitive spirit. The festivities closed with a musical performance before the participants moved to their respective sessions.
Students from the host school played the part of Chairpersons of the various committees and moderated the committee debates. Delegates were expected to attend the conference with their prior research completed and with policy documents prepared based on the agendas for each Committee. Their positions were presented following an official flow of debate. The second day saw the creation of various Resolutions between the participating nations. Awards were conferred for delegates who performed their presentations particularly well, as well as for strongest policy arguments.
The event was a showcase of knowledge, research and hard work from delegates and committee members alike. The interactions and engagement in discussion was a way for all participants to exercise their skills in debate and diplomacy. All students involved in the program exhibited the utmost professionalism, making arguments backed by facts and sources and offering and responding to rebuttals with confidence and aplomb. It was a great way for students to understand the intricacies and complexities of International politics.
The closing ceremony took place on Saturday and began with a musical performance. The Principal then addressed the gathering and appreciated the significance of the event and congratulated all the senior students involved in the organisation. This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony.