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The United Nations as a Model for Learning and Problem Solving

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

Last week, our grade 7 students went through the application process for the leadership positions of the Model United Nations project all grade 7 students are involved in until April.

It was a tough application process, and I would like to congratulate our new Secretary Generals Casey and Anne, as well as the press team Ludwig, Svea, Madison and their Editor in Chief Evelynn. Good luck with leading you grade 7 teams for the next few weeks!

The 7th graders are not the only students that have been involved in Model United Nations simulations. We are also very proud of our grade 10 and 11 students, who represented BBIS at this year’s BERMUN2 conference. Please have a look at the reflections by Emma and Ms King below.

“This past weekend from March 2nd to March 4th, six students attended the BERMUN2 conference at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin. The theme of this conference was “Seeking stability in an unstable world”. Debates and discussions varied amongst the committees, but the theme of cooperation in a hyper-globalized world was underlying throughout.

Whether the discussion was about the legitimacy of the Iran nuclear agreement, the India Pakistan conflict, the need for digital and cyber surveillance, the preserving cultural heritage, or the Eurozone crisis, all delegates were challenged as they investigated these issues, in hopes of finding viable solutions. Time and time again, delegates were faced with moments of frustration and exhaustion. How else could one feel when faced with a nearly impossible task of solving the World’s biggest issues in only two days of debate and discussion?  However, we the delegates of BBIS alongside our many peers of our global community of learners, are proud to announce that all committees were able to pass at least one resolution, and no matter how big or small it was we proved that with determination, empathy and cooperation change for the better is possible, and all hope is not lost.

Emma S. and Ms M-King

On behalf of the BBIS BERMUN2 Team