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Pupils become young ambassadors for UN style debate

PUBLISHED: 16:50 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:18 07 July 2015

Pupils raise their name cards to request permission to speak at a model United Nations conference at Seven Kings High School.

Pupils raise their name cards to request permission to speak at a model United Nations conference at Seven Kings High School.

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Two secondary schools held their very own United Nations style debates to discuss major world issues from the Ebola health crisis to conflict and fossil fuels.

Forest School hosting its annual Academic Challenge Day, the theme is fossil fuels and renewable energy and the pupils are enjoying model UN-style debates as well as lobbying activities and research sessions.Forest School hosting its annual Academic Challenge Day, the theme is fossil fuels and renewable energy and the pupils are enjoying model UN-style debates as well as lobbying activities and research sessions.

About 200 pupils took part in the events which were held last week at The Forest Academy, Harbourer Road, Hainault and Seven Kings High School, Ley St, Seven Kings.

Health workers who had been on the frontline of the Ebola crisis gave speeches to pupils at Seven Kings High School, before youngsters debated the topic.

Another group, representing the Security Council, discussed the implications of the war in Syria.

Geography teacher Angelina Chapman said: “It was a real success and just fantastic to see students step up and behave like real ambassadors.”

At The Forest Academy, pupils debated the economics, politics and geography behind the theme of fossil fuels.

Pupils were each allocated a country to represent and took part in workshops before taking to the floor to contest one another.

A spokesman form the school said: “The debates were very well-contested and a joy to watch.”


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