Woolgoolga High School students Chelsea Dennis and Kate Pitsis were winners of last year’s Model United Nations Assembly.
Woolgoolga High School students Chelsea Dennis and Kate Pitsis were winners of last year’s Model United Nations Assembly. SUBMITTED

Model students debate our future

THE United Nations General Assembly is coming to Woolgoolga.

Well, maybe not the United Nations as such but something along those lines, anyway.

MUNA – the Model United Nations Assembly – brings 62 student delegates from all over Northern NSW to Woopi next weekend.

“This is a huge thing for Woolgoolga,” MUNA convenor Pam Fayle said.

“Last year the event was held in Narrabri and a Woolgoolga team won the event, which was excellent.

“It’s great for the town and great for the students.”

The annual event, run by a team of Woolgoolga Rotarians on behalf of Rotary District 9650, runs just like the real United Nations General Assembly, complete with couriers and military police, and gives the leaders of tomorrow the skills to debate the big issues.

Students are in groups of two and are each given a country to represent, which in turn debates issues.

What does Denmark say to Pakistan about the death penalty? And what does the USA say to China about copyright protection of intellectual property? How do Iceland and Japan defend their whaling interests against opposition?

These are some of the questions that will be answered.

“It’s a lot of fun too – countries use lollies to bribe others to vote with them,” Ms Fayle said.

More than 50 of the students are being billeted with families locally during the event.

“It’s a fun thing and a lot of the kids that come are from more isolated country schools and to come to an event like this and meet people with similar interests and have fun – it’s fantastic,” Ms Fayle said.

MUNA runs from May 15-16 at the Woolgoolga High School Hall.

The event is open to the public.



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