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Learning Leadership Skills
Posted 31/01/2018 05:22PM

A group of 14 TASIS students is representing our school at The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) event. This five-day conference for secondary school students simulates the United Nations. The event takes place at the end of January each year in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague.

This amazing experience enables students to interact with colleagues from more than 100 countries in a real political scenario, and talk about the same global issues that are on the agenda of the world leaders.

“The first day of the conference started off with a typically frantic pace. Students spent the morning lobbying and turning the draft resolutions that they had constructed in practice, into real resolutions ready for submission, with several students being named as either main submitter or main co-submitter. After this, we had the excitement of the opening ceremony, attended by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Femi, our delegation’s ambassador, carried the flag of Angola and, despite her fears, did not drop it! Later, Alameer braved the crowds to ask His Majesty for a photo together, and the King duly obliged!” said Mr. Nathan Hughes, one of the two teachers accompanying the students from TASIS.

Femi also shared her impressions of the first day, “Today was an exciting day for the team. Lobbying seems like the easiest part of the process, but it is a true test of the delegates' social and leadership skills. Every single student was extremely successful when putting those skills to use, as they started working on resolutions with students from all over the world. Several of them were appointed to be main-submitter or main co-submitter, both being huge achievements. We were also introduced to our chairs, which was amazing knowing that two of them were TASIS students. The day ended with the opening ceremony, where the students heard speeches from members of the THIMUN board and student officers, along with the King of the Netherlands officially opening the 50th anniversary of THIMUN.”

To see more pictures of the event, click here.







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