Bhavans Model United Nations 2019 re imagines global diplomacy

Indian Education School (IES) held the sixth edition of Bhavans Model United Nations on 24 and 25 October, under the theme of ‘Dare to struggle, dare to win’.

Bhavans Model United Nations (BMUN) is a simulation of the UN and provides a comprehensive experience for the students in terms of diplomacy, global issues and international politics. It helps to mould global citizens who will learn how to reach a consensus in negotiations and resolve crisis amicably.

Liana Maria Joseph, Head Girl of IES welcomed the gathering, which comprised of the Ambassador of Guyana Dr. Shamir Ally as chief guest, the spouse of the ambassador Dr. Maryann Beebe Ally, the  acting-Head at the UN- Habitat GCC Office in Kuwait, Dr. Ameera Al Hassan, and the Principal of New Gulf Indian School  M. Pradap Felix, who was the guest of honor. In attendance at the event were the Principal IES Kuwait T. Premkumar, Principal, Smart Indian School Mahesh Iyer, Principal, Indian Central School Dr. Shanta Maria, the Vice-Principals of IES, teachers and students from various schools.

Ambassador Ally began his keynote address by quoting from Mahatma Gandhi. “Honest disagreement is a good sign of progress. An eye for an eye will make the world blind, and Truth will stand even if there is no public support.” He spoke at length about the relevance of these quotes in today’s world and urged the students to take up opportunities and challenges to bring about changes. He said, “…conduct fruitful discussions to avoid wars and exude light over darkness.”

Dr. Ameera Al Hassan, while addressing the students spoke about world peace and the challenges faced by the UN. She encouraged the young generation to play the most vital role by conducting deliberations on  contemporary issues, and taking prudent decisions, as they are the future of the world.

More than 100 young vibrant delegates proposing different ideologies, from various schools in Kuwait, were split into four dynamic committees namely: United Nations General Assembly, Joint Session of Indian Parliament, Historic United Nations Security Council and the United Nations Human Rights Council. They engaged in earnest, deliberating many of the current world issues.

The second day of the event saw the hosting committee proceed with the voting on the draft resolutions officially drafted and presented by different blocs within the committee. The delegates vivaciously engaged themselves in debates.

The valedictory function of BMUN 2019 was held on 25 October, with the chief guest and Principal of United Indian School Ajith Kumar, presiding over the meeting along with Ambassador Dr. Ally, Dr. Ameera Al Hassan and Principal Premkumar. The chief guest of the day appreciated the initiative of Bhavans, Kuwait, to foster the art of negotiation, communication, policy making and diplomacy in students through platforms like BMUN.

In the prize distribution ceremony the CCA Vice-Principal, IES Kuwait, Meenakshi Nayyar declared the names of the prize winners.  The distinguished guests felicitated the prize winners and gave away the trophies and certificates. The delegates from the Gulf Indian School bagged the award for  Best Delegation of BMUN 2019. A newsletter, comprising reports of various committees, report of the proceedings by the committees and the photographs of the events, was released by Dr. Shamir Ally.

A vote of thanks was proposed by the Faculty Advisor of BMUN Sriee Aswathaman (HoD, French).  The rewarding experience of the delegates in BMUN 2019 came to an end  with the official closing declaration by the Secretary Generals of BMUN.