College students’ chance to play at world politics

Students from Winstanley College who attended the 2015 United Nations Conference with their tutors, Dorthe Hausner-Cunliffe and David Duncalf who are kneeling centre front.  Annalise Halsall is third from left in the group
Students from Winstanley College who attended the 2015 United Nations Conference with their tutors, Dorthe Hausner-Cunliffe and David Duncalf who are kneeling centre front. Annalise Halsall is third from left in the group
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STUDENTS from Winstanley College visited Augsburg in Germany to take part in the 2015 Model United Nations Conference.

The college’s team of 20 young people was the only UK representative at the conference, with other teams coming from Denmark, Holland and Germany.

During the conference, each team was allocated a country to represent.

The teams were then charged with debating topics from their chosen country’s point of view.

It meant teams debated important subjects such as trafficking of cultural property, Israel and Palestine and sustainable urbanisation.

The Winstanley College team, which was given Bolivia to represent at the conference, worked hard to draft resolutions for these topics.

The students were delighted with their performance as many of their draft resolutions were successfully passed by the Model UN panel.

Annalise Halsall, 17, who was one of the students who participated is currently studying chemistry, maths and economics at Winstanley.

Annalise said: “We all felt it was a great experience and it really gave us a sense of how the real United Nations Conferences work.

“There is a lot that goes into ensuring all viewpoints are represented and not personal opinions, for example you have to refer to yourself in the third person at all times.”

The trip was particularly valuable for Annalise who has just been offered a place at Oxford University to study a philosophy, politics and economics degree in September.

Annalise added: “Model United Nations has given me a greater understanding of world politics and how global issues are debated and resolved which will be useful for my future studies, especially with my interest in human rights issues.”

A college spokesman said: “All of the students agreed the trip was a great success and gave them a real sense of achievement.

“Once again it showed that Winstanley students are getting ready to change the world!”