We will be profiling several unique MUN delegations in the weeks ahead. One such delegation is the Doha Home Educators group, mentored by students at Park House English School. Chris Nasrawi, PGA for TQ 2016 and a Park House student, brings us this update.
Where is the delegation coming from: Doha, Qatar
How many delegates: Seven
How many students have done MUN in the past: None
What has your role been in preparing this delegation: Alongside Sandev (Fernando), I’ve been heavily involved in training them up to understand MUN and effectively research to prepare for THIMUN and the PHESMUN conference. This was done through Park House’s after-school MUN club, and through meet-ups where they’ve practiced debating amongst themselves.
What has been your biggest challenge in preparing your delegation
One of my biggest challenges has definitely been trying to mentor MUN from scratch. Trying to retrace what I needed to learn to bring myself here, and fill in the gaps in their knowledge without assuming prior knowledge or using MUN jargon they don’t understand has been really hard. With hard work and help from online resources (Best Delegate is my saviour), I think we’ve managed to do a pretty good job.
What thoughts do your delegates have about their upcoming trip to THIMUNQatar:
Reem Gawish: “Starting THIMUN has been such an amazing experience for me already, and I’ve barely started it! Being home-schooled, opportunities as big as THIMUN don’t come around very often, so of course I took the chance to be a part of something as huge as this. THIMUN has opened my eyes to the world around me, and to the issues that I hadn’t noticed before. It has also given me the opportunity to meet so many new people with so many different backgrounds. And to think that all this has happened before I’ve even gotten to the THIMUN Qatar Conference! It’s a bit nerve wracking to know that I am going to be a part of this massive event, but absolutely exhilarating for the same reasons.”
Sean Holmstrom: “I’m excited for the upcoming THIMUN because I’ve heard it’s a very unique experience. The chance to meet new people and hear what they have to say on the topics will be amazing. I feel that the best part will be getting up and saying what I have to say and have so many people listen to what I have to say. I am worried about saying something and then someone standing up and making what I just said sound really stupid”
A last personal thought from you about the importance of bringing this delegation to THIMUN Qatar.
Most extracurricular activities I’m aware of have strong links to schools, either for drawing attention to the activities or for actually hosting them. This is especially true for MUN. The activity requires a fair bit of technical knowledge before one is able to get involved. Because of this, homeschooled students without access to a school’s MUN club would find it difficult to get involved. Mentoring a delegation of homeschooled students in MUN and bringing them to THIMUN paves the way for the popularisation of Model United Nations among homeschooled students in Qatar, and for them to be able to host an MUN club independent of a school. I think that bringing Model United Nations to more students like this is extremely important because of the skills the activity develops. The diplomatic and social skills, as well as the research and public speaking skills learned through MUN are absolutely invaluable, so I’m honoured to be a part of bringing them to homeschooled delegates in Qatar.