Posted on December 02, 2018

Continuing a well-established tradition, Doha College Model United Nation (DCMUN) hosted a successful conference that brought together over 600 students from 18 schools over three days of presenting, lobbying and deliberating. Apart from polishing students’ public speaking, negotiation, leadership and communication skills, the conference brought into focus many topical issues of today.

This year’s theme was “Life Without Fear” and the 41 issues discussed were grouped into 13 categories such as “Disarmament and International Security”, “Economic and Financial”, “Social, Humanitarian and Cultural”, “Legal”, “Environment Commission”, “International Atomic Energy Agency” and more. A few examples of thorny and poignant issues like “Protection against the acts of cybercrimes towards multinational corporations”, “Reducing the effects of nuclear waste on natural life”, “Combating the issue of age-based discrimination”, “The question of regulating and ensuring the stability of cryptocurrencies” gives an idea of the depth and comprehensive nature of the conference.

Rajalakshmi Ravinuthala, the MUN Director from guest school Al Khor International Scool, said that the MUN environment was very sophisticated and all the students from the various schools were amazing. “When I was in school, we did not have such opportunities. We gain more knowledgeworking with the students!” Doha College MUN students organised the entire event, watched over at arm’s length by a team of teachers. They also developed a very professional-looking website that detailed the benefits of getting involved, the resources and the training that the students can get, and includes information about the past and current conferences.

David Moore, Director of DCMUN and history and sociology teacher at Doha College, highlights how MUN contributes to the making of a successful student: “As well as improving a plethora of skills in leadership, organisation, chairing and public speaking, DCMUN gives its members skills that are usable beyond Doha College: in further education, volunteering and employment. Not to mention meeting top-level diplomats, ambassadors and global activists. I am proud that members of DCMUN research and address issues that need more attention in our media and speaks for those who have no voice and little power.”

DCMUN president for 2018-2019, Tajwaar Shafiq from Year 13 at Doha College, said about the experience: “All who have chosen to participate in MUN, in any role, will be all the better for it: either by pushing the boundaries of their own thought process while opening their minds to others’, or by learning the “behind the scenes” of conferences and event planning - to name just a minute fraction of what students will learn throughout their MUN career.”

To find out more about the conference, visit www.dcmun.org.

List of participating schools:

Sherborne Qatar
Lycee Bonaparte
Qatar International School
Doha College
Newton International Academy
DPS - Modern Indian School
International School of London Qatar
Birla Public School
Gulf English School
Al Khor International School
Dukhan English School
Qatar Academy
Al Jazeera Academy
Parkhouse English School
SEK Qatar International School
Noor Al Khaleej
Doha Academy (Girls)
Doha Academy (Boys)
English Modern School

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