Our students recently took part in the ISP Virtual Model United Nations Conference. This was an opportunity for students from different ISP schools around the world to experience an educational, virtual simulation of a real UN Conference.
As an ISP School, students at NIS are able to engage in global learning opportunities that help in preparing them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Leaders, who we believe will tackle and, in some instances, irradicate some of the world’s most pressing issues.
One of these recent global opportunities was the ISP Virtual Model United Nations conference. The initiative enabled students from around the world to come together and experience an educational simulation of a real UN conference. Each student was able to put themselves ‘in the shoes of a global leader’. Through this experience, our students learned about diplomacy, international relations, research techniques, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to further enhanced their teamwork and leadership abilities.
They debated with their peers from other ISP Schools around the world, to come up with solutions to international issues in a diplomatic manner. Well done Mahd, Marah, Abdallah, Karim, Samir, Fatima Hassan, Rojeh, and Muna!
This truly international and multicultural event allowed NIS students to meet their peers from different cultures, make connections, and develop long-term friendships. Rojeh from Grade 10, enjoyed many of the activities and took a lead in some of them, but he mostly enjoyed meeting new people from all over the world.
Marah also from Grade 10 participated in the ISP Virtual MUN for the first time and had an amazing first experience. “It helped me in many ways, such as speaking up more and learning new things about the selected topic. I also felt well prepared, but that is a good problem, as our coordinator, Mr. Brandon, says. I enjoyed meeting new people, and I believe everyone should get involved in the ISP Virtual MUN and challenge themselves!” she said.
Our students showed remarkable skills and impressed their committees – five out of eight NIS delegates won awards proving their excellence! Some of them shared their experiences of how the ISP Virtual MUN helped them in further developing their skills of diplomacy, debating, teamwork and leadership.
Abdallah from Grade 10 was part of the UNCAC and he was given an Award of Excellence. This experience taught him the importance of collaboration and understanding different opinions, thus working around them to craft a resolution.
“I took part in the ISP Virtual MUN to prove to myself that setting your energy and time towards something will pay off in the end. I prepared by brainstorming moderated caucus topics and forming speeches on them. I would recommend that all students join ISP Virtual MUN, leave their comfort zone, and learn many new skills!” said Abdallah.
One more student who won the Award of Excellence is Fatima from Grade 10. This was her first ISP Virtual MUN, but she came well prepared and even assist some others beginners within the UNCTAD, and enjoyed connecting and collaborating with committee members.
“The ISP Virtual MUN is a journey through which you stimulate your inner growth and emulate your perspective on the world as it is. It helped me learn more about writing resolutions, moderating caucus topics, researching, and becoming more confident in public speaking. I wanted to improve my research and public speaking skills, and being part of the ISP Virtual MUN helped me to do so.”
Muna from Grade 9 was part of the UNEA and she shared with us that she spoke more than anticipated, which in turn lead her to receive the Award of Excellence. She also shared that this experience forced her to gain confidence in her own voice to solve worldwide issues. She said, “I will always value virtual adventures with ISP Virtual MUN. This was a major personal obstacle for me I never thought I’d get over. I left this meeting with confidence, new friends, and a passion for continuing to do MUN conferences in the future.”
We are proud of all that our students achieved while taking part in the ISP Virtual MUN and looking forward to seeing these future leaders shaping the world we all live in.