From Saturday 22 October to Wednesday 26 October 2016, Ayalde will once again be attending the international MUN hosted by Royal Russell School in Croydon, England. Eleven students will be travelling to the conference along with Ayalde’s MUN advisor, Nicola Dignum and English teacher Beth Boyle.
Two students are attending this conference for the second time: Christina Connell, who is in the process of deciding if she wants to apply to be a Chair, and Leyre Tejedor, who would like to repeat the ICJ. Nine students from 4th ESO will be attending for the first time, eight as delegates and one as part of Royal Russell’s Media team.
At the end of May, we will find out what countries the students will be representing and what committees they will be sitting on. Until then, the students are preparing by learning about the United Nations in general and following the international news.
Maria Sierra: Last saturday, we attended a Model United Nations meeting where the ASB and Ayalde School represented different countries to practice and know how the MUN works. It wasn’t as I had expected it to be, it was very formal and the topics that we were talking about were very serious. I think it was a very good idea to attend this meeting, to know how I need to prepare my speech and all the information I have to search, also to have more experience and to be more prepared on October.
Irati Salcedo: In the Mun in London I expect to achieve my goals. This is, I expect to improve my English accent and my debating skills. I look forward to learning how to control my nerves and speaking more fluently, as I’m not used to speaking in public, particularly in English. I honestly found the Mun Workshop very useful. As I was able to understand the debating procedure works.
I’m currently watching the news and reading the newspaper practically every day . Moreover in my free time I’m researching, general information, on the Internet, because not all of the things that happen around the world are shown on the news. In addition to this sometimes I go on YouTube and watch some videos from the Mun. To learn how should I debate, as I have only done it once.
Patricia Gomez: By attending to the MUN in London as part of the media team I expect to improve my editing skills and control of the technological devices, apart from learning new vocabulary and developing my english by talking to native people. Moreover, even though I won’t be part of a delegation and therefore, I won’t be able to make a speech in front of people, I expect to learn and understand how an actual conference works.
To prepare myself, I am constantly taking pictures and recording videos to edit them later, watching tutorials on Youtube (only in English) about how to make certain effects. In addition, I try to make my videos similar to the ones that Royal Russell School’s students make so when we go to London, I know how they work.
Silvia Gomeza: I’m so excited with the idea of going to the MUN conference in London next october! I think it might be an amazing experience, as we will have to debate about different topics with people from all over the world and we will also meet new people, which is always great! But this also requires a lot of work during the year. Till now, we have been researching information about a country by pairs (India in my case), and we had to know everything about it: population, politics, interests… But the two main topics we have been working on are terrorism and fracking. As I said before, we have done lots of researching, and last month, we assisted to a mini MUN conference that the school had organised with the American School of Bilbao. We learned very interesting things about other countries and we had lots of fun.