Ten students of the Whitedove School, Lagos, have been assigned Cape Verde which is an Island off the coast of West Africa at this year’s annual National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN), holding in New York from March 2-5, 2016.
The students are chosen as ‘diplomats’ and will reflect the views and policies of their assigned countries. Just like at the United Nations, there are specialised committees and plenary sessions. The NHSMUN is a subsidiary of the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA), which has been officially recognised as a non-governmental organisation of the United Nations.
The 42nd conference, which has just 3,500 high school students from around the world, will simulate the real sessions at the United Nations in New York.
According to the Vice-Principal, Mr. Ola Ehuwa, the students will be deliberating and understanding the intricacies of international affairs, adding that the exercise is no new thing for the students of the school, who are continuously groomed to be global citizens.
“Our vision is to be a foremost global Christian school that integrates academic, creative and moral excellence in raising purposeful future leaders. Our mantra is that excellence is our birthright.
“The uniqueness in our students lies in their awareness that they are role models and creators. This reflects in their comportment, speech and interaction with people. Every year, the students of the Whitedove School explore their creativity at their annual innovation fair.”
According to the Administrator, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Adekoya, “leadership is an important aspect of vision. The National High School Model United Nations Conference provides the right exposure for our students to learn the rudiments of leadership at global dimension. It broadens their knowledge on international diplomacy and relations. It gives them a multi-racial exposure and enhances their team work skills and builds up confidence. It also gives them an opportunity to assemble in the hallowed chamber of the UN Headquarters, New York.”
For Maero Ozako a child motivator and editor of the children’s pages, Chummies, who is also in New York for the session, “this is a grand opportunity for any child; in all my work with schools and children, very few children show the level of intellect and confidence that the children of the Whitedove School show.”