HMCE is the premier international government simulation run exclusively by Harvard College undergraduates. Through role-plays and simulations, open debates, caucuses, trials, press conferences and testimonies, students (appointed as “delegates”) attending HMCE get to develop a strong understanding of civic involvement and government function. Delegates at HMCE hone critical thinking skills learning how to make compromises, speak in public and negotiate – skills that they will be able to apply in a variety of settings.
We were excited to welcome 10 of BSB students to the HMCE this year, and, for the first time ever, had Y11 students participating. BSB students played the role of BBC reporters and representatives of European Commission and Group of 24 (G24), took part in the UN Security Council (UNSC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Senate Judiciary.
This year’s HMCE offered delegates the opportunity to explore the topic ‘Future of Europe’ through simulations of the Brexit negotiations. Through this interactive, conference-wide activity, delegates had to consider the culmination of the Brexit-EU negotiations, evaluate all options on the table and vote according to their own vision for the future of Europe. This allowed them to engage outside of their committee roles and critically contemplate the future of the relationship between British Parliament and EU.
Mrs Kovak, IB Coordinator at BSB Castelldefels, explained: “These two intensive full days and 2 half-days of immersion in every-day politics allowed our delegates to comprehend the importance of making informed decisions for the safety and the well-being of others. This immersion experience invited delegates to think about everyone rather than themselves, thus making a step towards making the world a better place.”