International relations and diplomacy is something that concerns all of us. Although it’s often hard to totally get a grip of what it’s all about. Every year schools around the world arrange UN role plays. Falu Fri gymnasium has been doing this for a long time, and this spring year 9 at IES Falun got the chance to join a smaller debate. The UN role play is a way to learn in an interesting, exciting and fun way by doing a political simulation.
The students have been given different nations to represent, and have during lessons and as homework prepared themselves for this debate. It has been important to get an understanding about the countries domestic, economic, social and foreign policies. The subject has been the crisis in Syria, and the students have together formulated a resolution based on the knowledge about the nation they’ve been representing.
So this Tuesday it was time for the students to show their new knowledge when we had a full day at Falu Fri. The day started with speeches from each nation, continued with lobbying, and then the votings for the resolutions. In the end it was clear there wouldn’t be an agreement as USA used their veto to stop the two chosen resolutions.
The UN debate and preparations have involved research, public speaking, debating, writing skills, critical thinking, training in leadership and much more. The students have been doing the work in both swedish and english. It was a great day and everyone both students at the gymnasium and all teachers were very impressed! It was so nice to see students take a huge step forward and do things they’ve been scared of before. Everyone was also dressed as “diplomats” and it didn’t feel at all like two year 9 classes....
/ Ms Tigerstedt, Career Counsellor (SYV)