On January 16th, ten 3º E.S.O. students represented La Senda in the 2014 Madrid Global Classrooms Model UN Conference at CRIF Las Acacias in Madrid. They took on the role of the delegations of Qatar, Austria, Lesotho, Niger and Cape Verde in three International Organization for Migration (IOM) committees.
The conference began with opening words from representatives of the Consejería de Educación, the British Council, the Spanish Fulbright Program and the U.S. Embassy. Then, the chair of each committee opened the floor to start the formal debate, or “Speaker´s List.”
Delegations raised their placards to join the Speaker´s List. When it was their turn to speak, both delegates went to the front of the room and presented their pre-written opening speeches.
Opening speeches focused on migration issues in the students´countries and their proposals on how to fix them. The goal was for students to explain their ideas to the other countries in their committee and try to find allies.
After opening speeches, the committees entered into informal debate. This gave delegates the opportunity exchange new ideas, question and challenge other delegations, and work on resolutions to solve migration issues.
Informal debate consists of moderated and unmoderated caucuses. A moderated caucus is a structured debate while an unmoderated caucus is more casual and gives students the chance to speak freely with other delegations.
The students worked hard collaborating with other countries to find solutions for human trafficking, integration and re-integration of migrants, and illegal migration.
Before lunch, students had to finish writing resolutions on international migration and development. A resolution cannot be pre-written; delegates had to work together with other countries to write or sponsor them at the conference.
When writing resolutions, delegates had to combine their ideas in order to formulate strong proposals. Collaboration was key.
Resolutions were typed up during lunch so they were ready to be voted on when all of the delegations returned to the committee.
Delegates were allowed to make amendments, or changes, to the resolutions. These were also voted on by the whole committee.
If 2/3 of the delegations voted in favor of the resolutions, they passed.
Most of the delegations from La Senda wrote resolutions that passed in their committees. Excellent work!
La Senda´s Global Classrooms students worked very hard and participated actively during the conference. They used their English skills to debate, negotiate, persuade and write resolutions to solve current global issues. Their hard work paid off because they were chosen to move on to the next round of the Madrid Conferences! Only 21 of the 40 bilingual schools present moved on. Congratulations!!
On February 27th, the students will attend the final Madrid Global Classrooms Conference of 2014. This time, their topic is “Access to Medication,” and they will form part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Their countries are: The United States, The Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, Morocco and Bolivia.