Model citizens at UN Assembly 2022

On Saturday 20 August, Nia Charlesworth and Ruby Reynolds represented Woodleigh at the 2022 Rotary Model United Nations Assembly. Otherwise known as MUNA, this program gives two Year 11 students the opportunity to learn about the role of the United Nations and how it operates as it strives to protect different countries' individual rights and customs in a way that is fair and unbiased.

Approximately 20 schools took part, with each school representing a different country. Students argue for or against three different resolutions, with a majority vote deciding the outcome. This year, the resolutions were Climate Change, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Space Governance. With countries from all around the world being represented, there were many heated and entertaining debates on all three resolutions. It was especially entertaining listening to ‘Russia’ talk about the way women should be ‘educated’. It is a very different model from our way of life.

Nia and Ruby did a marvellous job arguing for the rights of The Solomon Islands, especially regarding the way climate change is affecting their way of life. I am sure Ruby and Nia learnt a lot about the Solomon Islands and also how the United Nations manages worldwide issues.

Students are encouraged to dress in appropriate national costume, so it made for a very colourful, and highly educational day.

Senior Campus Teacher