The Italian Model UN Assembly is a mock UN that has been held for a number of years for senior secondary school students. As this year’s participants, Kolbe Catholic College was allocated the nations of Australia and Trinidad and Tobago to be representatives in this immersive event.
To begin, we read out our country’s position statements to a room of students and teachers from other schools on our country’s position about protecting the World’s oceans, before we delved into the caucus. In the caucus, we got to discuss changes to amendments, create entirely new amendments and gather support from other countries before finally submitting them to be suggested as possible changes. We then reached the finalisation of the amendments where we debated and voted on the changes made to the amendments and the resolution as a whole before we voted on the final resolution and concluded the proceedings.
The Model UN was a learning experience to help deepen our knowledge of the language. We used what we knew to help us understand questions and other countries’ statements and we used what we didn’t know to help formulate our responses and widen our vocabularies. The public speaking component, while daunting, was a helpful nudge for our class to be able to grow in confidence and be less hesitant in this seemingly scary part of the language. The Model UN also helped us to gain knowledge on the functioning of the real UN which we knew such little about.
From the Year 11 VCE Italian students