By Celine Huang (Class of 2020)
From March 1-3, seven students from Developing Virtue Girls School attended Berkeley Model United Nations’ Sixty-Seventh Annual Conference at UC Berkeley. Model United Nations is an extracurricular activity in which students role-play as delegates in the United Nations and simulate UN Committees. Students participated in different committees, some were part of the Chinese State Council in which they represented different ministries and had to give speeches in two languages (Chinese and English), and the rest represented Burundi, a country in Africa, in other committees such as DISEC (UN Disarmament& International Security Committee) and ECOFIN (UN Economic& Financial Committee). Students got an opportunity to interact and bond with delegates from other schools.
“It was fun and educating” said Raven Li, a junior. “It was a great experience and it opened up my perspective in seeing other delegates from across the nation,” said Audrey Chan, a sophomore. In addition, students got a chance to sharpen their public-speaking and problem-solving skills. Also since it was everyone’s first time at BMUN, students got an insight into how the UN functions.
“Because it was my first time being there, I thought it was amazing to see how the committees in the UN work. Also, I got to interact with many people from different countries in the world,” said Vanessa Hung, another junior. Some of the issues brought up for the debate included the Made in China 2025 plan in the Chinese State Council, combating cyber terrorism in DISEC, and Addressing Aid Dependency in ECOFIN. Overall the students had a remarkable time at the conference and enjoyed their first experience being at BMUN.
Video: Iris Ng (Class of 2021)
Categories: Global Awareness