United Nations Debating at The University of Kent
Mr Saputo and Mrs Ricks and twenty students in Years 7,8,11,12 and 13 were invited to the University of Kent to participate in a model United Nations debating event. The students are all part of the Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) Model United Nations team at Invicta. They were met at Darwin College by Professor Ruth Blakeley, Head of the School of Politics and International Relations who gave the welcome address. Students then attended a lecture on conflict and terrorism in the modern world by Dr Harmonie Toros, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict.
After lunch, the students were met by the organising team from the university's Model United Nations Society who had organised a debating event based around the theme of international conflict in Syria, Libya and Iraq. Our students had to debate from the perspective of different countries as diverse as Mali, Pakistan, China, the USA, Sudan and the UK.
Several students were singled out by the orgnaisers for their outstanding contributions in the debate. Overall winners were judged to be Charlotte Pettett in Year 7 and William Richards in Year 13.
Thank you to Mr Saputo and Mrs Ricks for organising this visit.