High school students addressed international themes last week when they attended the third inter-school Model United Nations Conference.

The conference brings together students from local schools who sit on “committees” to discuss and debate issues and prepare resolutions.

The conference, known as CAY-MUN, was hosted on April 4 at Cayman International School, which collaborated on the event with Cayman Prep and High School. Also taking part were St. Ignatius and Triple C schools.

The half-day conference ran two committees – the General Assembly and the Economic Commission for Africa. Organizers said the students embraced the challenge of trying to reach a resolution within just a few hours and both committees successfully wrote, agreed and signed their resolutions before the end of the conference.

“It was great to see so many returning students from the schools who had participated before, and we look forward to seeing many of them again and new faces at future conferences,” said Sarah Dyer, coordinator and teacher at Cayman International School.

In the General Assembly, students worked to resolve the issue of safe access to education, particularly in the developing world. They discussed issues facing students who travel long distances, often through dangerous areas, just to get an education. They aimed to find a workable solution among the member nations represented.

In the Economic Commission for Africa session, the students discussed the possibility of introducing a mandatory minimum wage for the continent, and whether that could be implemented and enforced without negative economic consequences.

Students also took on the roles of chair and secretary of the dais to run each of the committees. The dais in each committee was made up of a mixed-school team.

CAY-MUN was launched in November 2015 as an on-island high school Model U.N. conference. It was designed for students to experience an international Model U.N. conference, locally.

“It allows students to interact with their peers from other schools, and to work on their debate and negotiation skills,” organizers said in the press release.

In preparation for the conference, Cayman International School and Prep students researched background information and created “how to” guides for those who were new to the MUN experience.

CAY-MUN III will return to the full-day format in the next academic year, and hopes to include even more schools.

For more information on how to get involved in the next conference, contact [email protected]

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