ISC-Choueifat Student Named to Elite Model United Nations Delegation
Ahmad Yassine, a student in Grade 11 at the International School of Choueifat (ISC-Choueifat) in Lebanon, will be part of an elite delegation of students who will be heading to New York, U.S., to participate in the 10th Model United Nations Conference in May 2015. Ahmad Yassine was selected from among 2,635 students from 175 schools in Lebanon to be part of a 10-student delegation to represent the country.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and the United Nations agenda. At MUN events, students role-play as diplomats representing a country or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. The best of the best students are selected from MUN events and appointed as national delegates to attend the annual Model United Nations Conference held each spring in New York, U.S. Selection to this elite team is based upon students’ presentation, public speaking, role play, writing, and research skills.
Pleased with his selection, Ahmad Yassine stated: “This award was not what I expected, but in getting involved, I found that I wanted it more and more. The award is proof of the support I received from my friends, family, and school.”
Yassine was among a 16-member team of ISC-Choueifat students who participated in the final MUN event that was held on the Lebanese American University (LAU) campus in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 21 and 22, 2015. The team as a whole performed well at the event and won a total of 8 awards including three Position Paper awards, three Diplomacy awards, and two Secretary General awards. The Diplomacy and Secretary General awards also included scholarship monies totaling approximately $210,000 from LAU for students who opt to study there.
“The entire ISC-Choueifat school community is very proud of our students,” said Mr. Ghassan Abdel Baki, ISC-Choueifat School Director. “We have very high expectations of all our students and we believe that they can achieve whatever they set out to.”
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