Learning and debating about world issues while meeting lots of like-minded students our age – we had a great time during the first week after the February half-term. A group of 16 of us travelled to Denmark to take part in BIGMUN. We travelled to the school on the driverless metro and were very well greeted by staff on our arrival.
The opening ceremony really kickstarted the whole event, and we were honoured to listen to the inspirational words of a special guest and incredible speaker, Christian Friis Bach, the Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council.
BIGMUN is a conference hosted by the MUN (Model United Nations) Society of Birkerød Gymnasium, situated in the beautiful Danish countryside and just 25 minutes from the centre of Copenhagen. Although we cannot compare this conference to any other, we were very impressed with the organisation of the event all round, especially as it was primarily organised by students. It was a truly international event with over 400 participants coming from local and international schools in Denmark, Europe, America and Asia.
Through simulated UN conferences, students are able to debate numerous international issues in the manner of the actual parliamentary procedures of the real UN, which promotes international awareness and understanding, as well as being a platform for forming friendships through educational and cultural enrichment. As delegates we had to carry out research before the conference and formulate the positions that we then debated in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member we represented. This year our school represented Italy and Sweden.
We were also very lucky to have seen some snow but nice and sunny weather as well. As part of the conference programme, we went on a canal tour of Copenhagen which was very interesting, and discovered more of the city walking around the centre that afternoon. On the last day we stayed the night at a hostel in Copenhagen, some of us visited the little mermaid and in the evening we all had great dinner at a cosy restaurant a short walk from where we were staying.
We want to thank Birkerød Gymnasium for hosting this fantastic event, Mrs Meredith for organising this trip, Mrs. Nicholson for accompanying us and a special thanks to our own host Niels and his family!
By Julia Whitehead and Aitana Verdú