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Bhavans Kuwait organizes Model United Nations
November 13, 2017, 5:24 pm

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

MUN draws a diverse group of informed students and faculty to address the current global issues. The conferences are experiential learning programs that provide students with a better understanding of the intricate inner functioning of the United Nations.

Bhavans Kuwait is one of the very few schools in the GCC that has its own full-fledged MUN club. The Bhavans MUN Club was founded in the year 2013. The club functions under the wings of the Department of Social Science. The fourth edition of Bhavans Model United Nations (BMUN) was organized in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (IES) on November 9 and 10, 2017. The two-day long conferences witnessed various topics of current importance like financial crisis in cashless economies, global bank policies to avert recessions, the aggressive stance of North Korea, the humanitarian crisis of Rohingyas in Myanmar, climate change, and sustainable development.

The two-day Model United Nations was attended by 104 delegates of 5 committees. The crème of the crème delegates and participants were from 8 Indian schools in Kuwait mentored by the faculty advisors of all the participating schools. 

The Chief Guest of the BMUN-2017, Ms. Zineb Touimi Benjellum, the resident representative of Kuwait for the UN graced the well-organized inaugural function.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp ceremony.  The ceremonious lamp was conjointly lit by Ms. Zineb Touimi Benjellum, the chief guest, Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal, IES, Mrs. Lalitha Premkumar, the vice principal, KG and Primary, IES, Mrs. Meenakshi Nayyar, the vice principal, CCA, IES along with Mr. Sriee Ashwathaman, the convener of BMUN-2017.

The Secretary General of BMUN Shivgovind Dahima welcomed the guests and delegates and introduced them to the various committees of BMUN.  Ms. Zineb expressed her pleasure and congratulated Bhavans for holding the MUN in the most professional manner to make the young generations aware of the global crises. She said she was happy to see the enthusiasm of the young minds all set to discuss and debate the international emergencies as the delegates of various countries. She said that the exposure to the functioning of the UN would help them become responsible and concerned global citizens which is indeed the need of the hour.

The inaugural function ended with a photo session after which the delegates were led to their respective committees to contribute solutions and to express their views on the pressing issues faced by today’s world. The délégation combinée had brainstormed on the issues raised and proposed draft resolutions with signatories before they were approved by the assembly.

The Press Corps were also on their toes during the two-day session. The Press Corps Chronicles covered the entire proceedings in detail. They also submitted their reports to all the committees present and thereby ensured their smooth functioning like well-oiled machines.

The closing ceremony of BMUN was held on November 10, 2017. The ceremony was graced by Mr. N. K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal, IES, Mr. Mahesh Iyer, the principal, SIS, and Mr. Suresh V Balakrishnan, the vice principal, Middle and Senior, IES, Mrs. Meenakshi Nayyar, the vice principal, CCA, IES, Mr. Sriee, the convener, BMUN, and Mr. Binoy Mathew, the HoD, Social Science, IES.  The newsletter of BMUN 2017 was released during the closing ceremony amid sonorous applause and cheer. The ceremony also witnessed emotional yet professional reflections of the mentors and the delegates. The BMUN aftermath video that was played towards the end of the ceremony was also well received by the delegates.

The best position paper, the best speaker, and the best delegate of each committee received accolades during the closing ceremony of BMUN. Bhavans Kuwait, the host school bagged the best delegation award.  The UN badges given by UNDP KUWAIT were conferred upon the core committee members of the BMUN by Mr. N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East.

Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal, Bhavans Kuwait congratulated the delegates, participants, and the faculty advisors of BMUN for their valuable contribution, zeal, zest and gusto. The two-day session culminated on a positive note. The BMUN exhorted to the world to forget the differences and fight for human rights negating ethnicity, jingoism, and racism.


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