On Thursday night they met Brendan McElevey from the Department of Foreign Affairs. At present, Brendan works in the Crisis Management section, but is being seconded to Moscow in June to work on behalf of the British Embassy. Brendan gave an overview of the department in general, outlining his current and future roles. He then answered questions as to how he ended up on his chosen career path. The students were impressed with Brendan´s pathway, with Sven (Y13) remarking, ´I found the meeting with Brendan particularly enriching, especially when he explained the path he followed as it seemed unusual to me that someone with a Geography degree and a background in insurance could pursue such a career option. He also spoke in a very humble manner, which put us all at ease.´
On the Friday, the delegation went on a brief walking tour through London Town to their desired destination -Westminster Palace. Alejandro (Y13), was taken aback by the scenery, ´I was amazed by the view on Waterloo Bridge, in which you could differentiate the modern, dynamic London from it´s classical and historical soul.´
When in Westminster the students were given a tour of the palace, the House of Commons and Lords, and the Select Committee rooms. As guests of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Claire Tighe kindly guided the students around Westminster, giving a tour, whilst answering questions about the day to day life of Parliamentarians. Alexander found it fascinating to be exposed to ´the heart of British government and its process´, commenting that he could see the comparisons with his role as an MUN delegate with actual lawmaking and debating.
The students gained a lot intellectually and culturally from the trip, although many expressed mild protestations at the 24 hour timeframe! All students felt that this inaugural trip was a great success, and heartily recommended next year´s enrichment students to experience this wonderful opportunity.
The pupils involved were Alejandro, Sven and Nic (Y13), and Alexander, Marina and Oliver (Y12).
About MUN and the BSB MUN Society
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.
In the international Model United Nations conference held last November in Barcelona, The British School of Barcelona participated with 17 students (better known as “delegates”) from our MUN Society.
At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe and debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure, all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.