The UWCSEA Dover Model United Nations team recently sent a group of skilled Grade 9 delegates representing France, Italy and Iraq to the bustling capital of Myanmar to participate in the 2017 SEASAC MUN conference. The escalating and horrific abuses suffered by the Rohingya in Myanmar made us question whether or not we should attend the conference but in the end we decided to go and learn skills which will hopefully allow students to contribute to positive changes in the world in the future.
This conference offered a very unique experience, and helped us build up our leadership skills and overcome fears of public speaking. At the MUN conference, we gave speeches, asked questions and submitted amendments. This is very important, as the youth are the next generation that will be making big global decisions, and confronting difficulties faced by all, globally. The Model United Nations conference was a great opportunity to step out of one’s boundaries and broaden our horizons about issues and how we can deal with them. As Ban Ki Moon said: “As the young leaders of tomorrow, you have the passion, energy and commitment to make a difference.”
The Burmese people were incredible welcoming, helping us in every way we needed to. From mingling with the locals in the Pagoda to the bus driver and receptionist, everything they did for us was to help us in any way they could. In our down time in the evening we kept busy and visited the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a local charity shop selling traditional arts and crafts, and a restaurant with delicious Burmese cuisine.
To visit Myanmar and work towards the 2030 Global Development Goals in a most riveting manner was a truly astounding experience that we shall treasure for years to come.