Saturday 23rd January dawned bright and sunny and it promised to be a lovely day. Students started arriving at Ayalde at 9am and by 9.30, we were ready to start the workshop.
The morning session (9.30 – 1.30) comprised of building two resolutions clause by clause. The first resolution was about Fracking and the second about Terrorism. Each delegation started by making a Policy Statement before debating clauses and amendments began.
The students started off a little reticent but soon started to get the hang of it. It was quite obvious which students had already attended conferences as they were very confident using the debating rules. However, the ‘new’ students made a real effort to participate by asking Points of Information and soon started to volunteer to speak for or against clauses.
The morning passed very quickly and the students successfully produced a resolution on both topics. After the lunch break, the afternoon session (2.30 – 4.30) was open to parents, teachers and the directors of Ayalde, the American School of Bilbao and St. Georges English School.
During this session – a mock General Assembly, the delegates debated and voted on the two resolutions they had written during the morning. Both resolutions were approved by the delegations. After the closing speeches, everyone went to the school’s txoko for a well deserved drink and snack.
The feedback from everyone, the students, parents and teachers, has been very positive. Everyone agreed it had been an amazing experience and the students had learnt much from the experience to help them in their preparation for future conferences.
The Press and Media team were kept very busy interviewing people, taking photos and videoing. Videos can be seen at:
The plan is to repeat this conference next year, and hopefully have other schools from the local area attending.
Christina Connell, Chair: The MUN conference last Saturday in the school was amazing. Even though it was not a real conference Nicola made it look pretty much alike and it worked perfectly. The debate was vivid and we ended up with two great resolutions.
It was my first time chairing and I was delighted with the experience. Now I can’t decide whether I want to apply for being a chair or a delegate in Royal Russell MUN in October!
All of us enjoyed the experience to the fullest and I can assure certainly that it was a great practice for everyone. Now we can’t wait to the next one!!!”
Maddalen Lázaro, Delegate for Iran: Monica Barturen and I were both in the delegation of Iran. Together we found out our country’s point of view by doing a lot of research and meeting up during our break time to discuss what we had found out.
During the beginning of the assembly we were both extremely nervous, as we hadn’t been to anything like it before. Nevertheless Monica and I were able to participate and find out what the conference is really like. We had lots of fun and we’re both eager to go to our conferences. This Saturday was a great experience and a fun way of learning how MUN assemblies work.
Leyre Tejedor, Secretary: The MUN workshop has been a new experience for me, because even if this year I went to Royal Russell, I was a judge for the ICJ (International Court of Justice), and the procedure used in the ICJ is totally different from the one used in MUN. In the workshop held in Ayalde last Saturday, as a secretary, I was able to experience MUN at its finest, and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in international politics or economy, and likes speaking in English.
Ana Guillen, Delegate for the Russian Federation: Nicola did her best for achieving what we call a “mini MUN conference”this last Saturday. She’s full of energy and illusion and has lots of ideas to make this become bigger and bigger in Bilbao. We (Ayalde) and the American School of Bilbao are glad with the workshop last Saturday. We studied two important issues of today’s world, Fracking and Terrorism, from the point of view of different countries. We worked in English and we debated them, so it was great for us.
To sum up, I would say it’s an honour having been a member of this little conference and I encourage Nicola to carry on with her goals. Now, let’s get ready for Prague!
Tadea Lopez-Tello, Delegate for Afghanistan: Last Saturday, we participated in a MUN workshop with the American School and it gave us the confidence to participate and prepare ourselves for the next MUN in Prague. It really helped us and I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Sofia Perez-Sasia, Delegate for Finland: Last Saturday, people involved in the MUN program did a workshop at Ayalde. There, we debated amendments about Fracking and Terrorism. With those amendments that had passed we wrote a resolution. In the afternoon, we debated both resolutions. Our parents and the headmasters of the American School of Bilbao and Ayalde watched us while we were debating.
I found it a very useful experience as it was, very easy to stand up and talk. People with experience helped the ones without it and I think everyone participated and enjoyed this activity.
Valvanera Boogen, Delegate for Germany: Last saturday, we had a Model United Nations conference rehersal, where we discussed about two topics, fracking and terrorism but we also needed to have a basic general knowledge about our country and the countries who were also taking part in. I found it really interesting and enjoyed a lot . We are lucky to have the oportunity to take part in this activity which makes us learn a lot about whats going on in the world and it also enriches our education: our English, speaking in public and encourages our confidence too. I loved it and i’m looking forward to attending the MUN confrence in Prague.
Ana Yepes, Wistful Participant!: Last Saturday, 23 of January, some students from Ayalde School and some from the American School organized a mini-MUN conference. I heard about this right now so I can not say very much, but I think it is a good initiative for the students. I would have liked to participate although I have no time. It would have been a good experience and a great opportunity to improve my English, because it needs to be improved!