On 12th August, 5 Senior School students, set out with the Middle School MUN Coordinator, Rohini Chandhoke, to attend the prestigious HMUN (Harvard MUN) in Hyderabad. This is one of the largest MUNs held in Asia-Pacific, where over 1700 participants from different schools in India and abroad, along with a host of individual delegates participate. The participants from PWS were Ishaan Gupta, Ishan Agarwal, Vidur Channa and Aditya Banerji of Grade 12 and Aniket Mittal of Grade 11 were the proud PWS participants for this year’s HMUN. Rishit Jain, a seasoned MUN debater from Grade 12-after a rigorous selection process comprising of writing an essay, followed by an interview -was selected to be the Assistant Director for SPECPOL (The Special Political and Decolonization Committee). It was indeed a proud moment for Pathways World School, Aravali, to have one of our own students as the Assistant Director for such a reputed MUN, where most of the chairs of the Committees were from Harvard.
The students were awestruck at the mere size of the Hyderabad International Convention Centre where the MUN was organised. There were introductory sessions explaining the rules and procedures, followed by debates and proceedings on the following day. The final day saw the delegates forming resolution papers within their respective blocs. A lot of lobbying was involved as member states wanted to compare strategies and watch their bloc win.
There was an entertainment programme organised on the last day for the delegates wherein they enjoyed the interaction with the delegates of the other schools.
This MUN stood apart from all the other MUNs because it stressed on diplomacy as opposed to aggression in asserting points, in collaboration, and in decision making. This was the greatest learning opportunity for any MUN participants.