“A Day At the UN at Brookfield Community School”- This was a session that was extremely worthwhile with students being able to articulate and explain the role and importance of the United Nations in a subsequent assessment. We used the session as part of a “Rights and Responsibilities” unit in GCSE Citizenship and it tied in really well with the syllabus as a whole and we are certainly considering doing something similar again next year.”
Sean Browne (Head of Citizenship), Brookfield Community School, Hampshire.
I had the pleasure of working with 70 GCSE students at Brookfield Community School who were studying for their Citizenship coursework on the United Nations. It is perhaps unsurprising then that this wonderful school, with fantastic students, chose to make use of our “Day At The United Nations” workshop as it aligned so closely with the exam board specification.
This was my first experience of working with students at this great school. The students rose to this rigorous and challenging workshop with ease and maturity; evaluating global problems, assessing solutions and experiencing the barriers that often face the UN and its members when it comes to balancing international ‘good’ with national priorities.
Taking on the role of fifteen countries, the students were fantastic ambassadors for their countries. They quickly understood and developed a political and cultural identity for their nation and argued cogently for and against a range of proposed UN resolutions; ranging from tackling global warming, to whether to authorise peacekeeping missions and whether to condemn a national government for violating civil rights. Those countries who were permanent members of the Security Council, thus facing additional status and pressures, took their roles seriously and offered inspirational leadership to the rest of the nations.
This is one of my favourite workshops to deliver because it really unleashes creativity alongside political understanding and engagement. Students really got in to their role as ambassadors and quickly saw why it is so difficult to solve some of the pressing global issues that face our planet. At one particular point, a particularly heated discussion erupted over the perceived responsibility of developing countries to limit their carbon emissions because of the damage caused in terms of global warming by the actions of already industrialised nations.
Students definitely left the session with a very clear understanding of the work that the United Nations undertakes as well as an appreciation for the difficulties that the institution faces when it comes to trying to secure global cooperation.
I myself had a fantastic day and it was a real honour to work with such enthusiastic, polite and confident students who were clearly passionate about using the session to enhance their coursework. I look forward to returning in the future.
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