CPISP scholar Batool Aljufairi, who is completing her A-Levels in Shrewsbury School in the UK, took part in the Paris Model United Nations (PAMUN 2014) last December at the prestigious UNESCO headquarters. She joined a team of 14 representatives from her school to represent North Korea at the 3 day conference, which was attended by a total of 900 participating delegates from 25 countries.
“In the conference, I was North Korea's delegate in the environment committee. I spent the first two days in my committee debating 'World Food Programme (WFP)’s use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) to Aid Populations in Need' and 'Measures to Safely and Sustainably Dispose of Radioactive Waste Materials'. We all gathered in the general assembly in the last day and passed the resolution.”
“This learning experience included researching and analyzing, as well as speaking from the perspective of a North Korean citizen instead of my own. Submitting clauses and amendments involved writing and critical thinking skills. Leadership, cooperation and compromise were vital to reach a growing consensus during the conference.”
“It was a great opportunity to meet students from different schools around the world, but I also really enjoyed getting to know the members of the team representing my school to the extent that we are now closer as friends than just team mates. We worked as a team, supported each other and had so much fun exploring Paris together in the evenings.”