First Model United Nations Conference at Vinschool – VINMUN 2020
Playing the role of delegates from various countries, Vinsers set aside all the differences and took part in lively negotiations and discussions to figure out solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic.
VINMUN was successfully held with the participation of 4 Chairpersons, nearly 30 delegates representing countries around the world and many Vinschool students and parents.
This was the first time the Model United Nations conference had ever been held at Vinschool under the name of VINMUN – Vinschool Model United Nations. The event was initiated by Vinsers from Vinschool Times City High school and dedicated to Vinsers from all Secondary and High schools throughout the Vinschool network. VINMUN is one of the outstanding academic models of Vinschool, helping students put their acquired knowledge and skills from subjects such as Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Global Perspectives into practice.
In particular, the conference had two WHO Committees running at the same time, speaking two languages, namely Vietnamese and English. This was a great opportunity for the delegates to confidently raise their voices and hone their public speaking skills.
In the World Health Organization (WHO) simulation revolving around the topic “Covid-19 prevention and control”, Vinsers enthusiastically shared their multi-dimensional perspectives on urgent issues amid the pandemic, including economic downturn, unemployment, overstretched health system, vaccine development, racism against Asians, etc. Besides revealing the standpoint of the countries they were representing, the delegates went through intense debates in an effort to seek common solutions to fend off coronavirus while ensuring their national interests.
Acting as delegates from different countries, Vinsers demonstrated the qualities of global citizens in the new era: talent, tough spirit, and special attention to social issues.
At the end of the conference, the consensus of all “diplomats” was reflected through the Chairpersons’ resolutions, with solutions such as calling upon developed nations to support developing ones with medical supplies and test kits, removing certain trade barriers, encouraging successful countries in the fight against Covid-19 to share their manpower and technology, etc.
The delegates were casting their votes for solutions.
The consensus of all “diplomats” was reflected through the Chairpersons’ resolutions, with solutions such as calling upon developed nations to support developing ones with medical supplies and test kits, removing certain trade barriers, encouraging successful countries in the fight against Covid-19 to share their manpower and technology, etc.
VINMUN 2020 concluded with the happiness, agreement and solidarity of the delegates and Chairpersons.
Nguyen Tue Minh (11th grader), President of VINMUN 2020 Organizing Committee, shared: “Through VINMUN, Vinsers could speak up about socio-economic and political issues from the standpoint of the countries they were representing, besides sharpening their global thinking as well as research and debating skills. This is a great academic model which helps them apply their acquired knowledge from Global Perspectives”.
Tran Thi Quynh Tram (11th grader), a delegate of the English-speaking WHO Committee, added: “It’s hard for students like us to make arguments about international issues, let alone deliver them in English. But the delegates did it very well, in a highly confident and impressive fashion. They made VINMUN 2020 unforgettable”.
VINMUN is planned to become an annual event of Vinschool, giving Vinsers an opportunity to apply their learned knowledge and skills related to global issues and experience international activities.