By DSG Somin Chung
On Thursday April 7th, 2016, the American School of Doha(ASD) held its first ever middle school Mock United Nations conference. Since November 2015, student officers from Middle School MUN and ASD middle school directors have cooperated to establish a Middle school MUN club. Around fifty middle school students from sixth to eighth grade participated in this small-scale conference along with the help from a couple voluntary high school delegates and experienced chairs. Despite this conference being the first conference experience for majority of the delegates, due to steadfast training over the course of couple months, the delegates successfully conducted a fruitful debate on the topic of child marriage. The students were divided into two committees: UNICEF and UNHCR with around twenty delegations represented in each committee.
With the official conference coming up in just a month, the preparation for Middle School MUN conference is full hands on deck. The executive committee is planning a chair training session on Friday April 29th with all student officers present in order to prepare the new, inexperienced chairs to be able to handle situations effectively in the upcoming conference. The new delegates are also being prepared online in the forum of ‘Edmodo’ where MUN-related resources are readily available and the mentee-mentor interaction is facilitated.