WGS Model United Nations
On 3 June 2016, our Secondary 4 Express and 5 Normal Academic students participated in Woodgrove’s third launch of its very own Model United Nations (MUN) seminar. The objectives of the seminar included:
- Raising students’ awareness on current issues and the impacts of international affairs and decisions
- Developing public speaking and critical reasoning skills within students
- Ensuring that students are cognizant of the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders in the international arena
So what exactly is WGS Model United Nations? WGS MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations’ conferences and dialogue session wherein delegates from various countries coalesce to discuss international or transnational affairs that affect every stakeholder in the international arena, be it big or small. WGS MUN saw students playing the roles of delegates from different countries and engaging in academic debates that centred on two motions. The two motions discussed were:
- Motion 1: Governments must ensure that they have zero net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions within 2030 and 2050.
- Motion 2: Governments within Asia should remove trade restrictions and regulations, or simply opt for free trade.
The event was opened by Mdm Masayu’s speech which highlighted the present day’s alarming spate of disasters and calamities that could be attributed to climate change, accompanied by its entire gamut of deteriorating climate and weather patterns. Thereafter, nine of our talented student speakers who had attended the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations (UNASMUN) Preparatory Conference last year at the Singapore Institute of Management engaged in an intense debate that revolved around governments conforming to similar standards of achieving a zero net carbon footprint. Motion 1’s debate successfully set the tone of the seminar for the rest of the student cohort as students were left at the edge of their seats with the exhilarating and hard-hitting arguments projected within the room. Round 1 also exposed them to the multiple informed and probably controversial perspectives from the countries involved. The first debate ensued in a majority of the countries voting to change the motion.
After a brief break, all students partook in Round 2’s debate wherein they assumed their assigned positions and discussed the issue of free trade, in hope that the product of the seminar would not go against their nation’s policies and thrusts. Responses from the graduating cohort showed overall student satisfaction in the seminar and how Motion 2 successfully reinforced students’ understanding of Chapter 2: Globalisation in the Secondary 4 Social Studies syllabus. All in all, students benefitted from the Humanities Department’s event and went home with new insights on current affairs.