Students put international negotiation to the test

A GROUP of year 10 students exercised their international negotiation skills when they participated in Tasmania’s Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).

Held annually, MUNA is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glenorchy, the four Dominic College students, who were accompanied by their teacher, were designated a country to “represent” during the two-day activity.

As part of the conference, students were given a set of resolutions to investigate and discuss from the perspective of their chosen nation.

Rotary Club of Glenorchy president John Berry said MUNA provided students with a “unique enrichment opportunity.”

“They develop their global perspective, understand the complexities of striving toward international peace and goodwill, and promote positive international relations,” he said.

Following the simulated negotiations, the students shared their thoughts about the assembly with members of the Rotary Club of Glenorchy at its recent meeting.

Mr Berry said the members were delighted to meet the students and listen to their experience of taking on the roles of Germany and Russia in the assembly.

“Students shared how the opportunity had challenged them and pushed them out of their comfort zones,” he said.

“They received the chance to debate resolutions as wide ranging as the influx of refugees in Europe to nuclear proliferation.

“Students really enjoyed the opportunity to meet and mix with other students from across the state and forge new friendships.”

First introduced in 1980, MUNA is hosted by the Deloraine Rotary Club.

For more information about MUNA, visit www.rotaryclubofdeloraine.org.au/MUNA.cfm

Caption: Glenorchy Rotary Club president John Berry with Dominic College students, from left, Sam Peters, Harry Mapley, Lily Newell and Jack Butler.

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