Narooma students speak for the UAE
Several Narooma High students spent last Sunday in a workshop organised by Narooma Rotarians to help them prepare for an extraordinary experience.
Tyler Holloran, Keely Clark, Paris Blessington and Sabine Kildea have been selected to take part in the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) in Canberra in August.
‘MUNA simulates the United Nations Assembly with teams from over 130 schools from the eastern states of Australia,’ said Narooma Rotarian David McInnes.
‘Each school represents a different nation; Narooma will represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE).’
MUNA is sponsored by the Australian National University and Rotary.
‘Over the MUNA weekend, the students debate various resolutions from their given country’s perspective,’ Mr McInnes said. ‘So they have to do a fair bit of research beforehand to familiarise themselves with their particular country’s history, politics, economics and particular stance on world affairs.
‘On Sunday we gathered together some people we know who are either former diplomats or former UAE residents to help our students gain some insight into the UAE, its world view, and life there.
‘It went really well. We had several work stations and as a result our students developed some understanding of global issues from the perspective of different nations.
‘They’ve now put together three resolution positions and practiced them.
‘They are the situation in the South China Sea, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, and efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
‘They’re also working towards a position on the coordination of taxation arrangements in the globalizing world, and the protection of global climate.
‘The workshop has given them the confidence to know they will be able to participate in the whole event in a meaningful way.’
Mr McInnes said their preparation continues today when they will meet the other Eurobodalla teams from Moruya, Batemans Bay and St Peters in a practice debate.
Last year was the first time Narooma had fielded a team to MUNA. The experience proved such a challenging and rewarding experience for those students, the school was keen to field another team this year.
Rotary MUNA gathering
At Sunday’s workshop to prepare Narooma High students for MUNA – Annmaree O’Keeffe (former Australian Ambassador to Nepal), front left, Rotarian David McInnes, Narooma High students Tyler Holloran, Keely Clark and Sabine Kildea, former diplomat Robin Scott-Charlton, Rhys Dobson and Leisa Hassock (both former UAE residents); Narooma Rotarian Angie Ulrichsen, back left, Liam Dobson and Brittany Mitro (both former UAE residents), Graham Jensen and Narooma High teacher Sue Fahey. Photo by Rachel McInnes.
At the Thursday meeting, Peter Bull told those down our end of the table about his recent experiences with Facebook.
He was told all about how good Facebook is, and how one can improve ones social life.But not ever owning a computer or smartphone, Peter was afraid of missing out. So now he walks down the street and tells passers-by what he has eaten, how he feels. what he did the night before and what he will do for the rest of the day. He also gives them pictures of his wife, his daughter, his dog and selfies while gardening and on holiday, spending time by the pool. He also listens to their conversations, telling them he ‘likes’ them and gives them his opinion on every subject that interests him… whether it interests them or not.
He already has four people following him: two police officers, a social worker and a psychiatrist!