IES Holds the 9th Edition of Bhavans Model United Nations
Upholding the motto “Dare to struggle, there to win”, the ninth edition of Bhavans Model United Nations at the Middle East level was virtually convened by Bhavans Indian Education School, Kuwait, on October 22, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The edifying event was graced by the charismatic presence of Dr. Shamir Ally, Former Ambassador of Guyana to Kuwait. 92 indefatigable delegates and faculty advisors from 13 schools in the Middle East participated in the event that turned out to be an educational simulation helping the students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the functioning of the United Nations. The event also trained the participants in researching, public speaking, and debating, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
The proceeding of the day rolled on at 8 a.m. with the recitation of a few verses from the Holy Quran and the UN prayer, followed by the national anthem of Kuwait. Fida Ancy of 10B wholeheartedly welcomed the chief guest, Dr. Shamir Ally, Former Ambassador of Guyana to Kuwait, the other distinguished dignitaries and the participants of BMUN 2022. Dr. Shamir Ally, while addressing the virtual gathering, expressed his deep gratitude to the principal and the management for inviting him as the chief guest for the programme. He spoke about the important skills required for becoming successful delegates. He stated that right attitude, absolute confidence, high energy level, great passion, excellent problem solving skills and good dynamics are key skills that can make one a well-respected international diplomat. He advised the student delegates to have a healthy debate and wished them all the success.
Mr. Binoy Mathew, Vice-principal, Middle wing, IES, briefly highlighted the significance of holding the BMUN, and emphasized that BMUN is organized to provide opportunity to the students to learn more about the world through communication and collaboration, giving a better understanding on the functioning of the UN. With a broad smile of deep delight, he declared the event open.
Ms. Meenakshi Nayyar, Vice-principal, IES, presented a virtual certificate to the chief guest as a token of gratitude.
The inaugural function was followed by discussions led by 4 committees on their respective agenda in the breakout rooms of Zoom. For the United Nations Security Council headed by Srihari Badrinarayanan, the agenda for the discussion was Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), and United Nations Human Rights Council 1 headed by Lakshmi Sahiti Vallabhaneni discussed Human Rights Violation and Abuse in Detention Camps. United Nations Human Rights Council 2 led by Zara Imtiyaz Mahadiwala and IPL Auction House led by Ashutosh Bhat discussed Human Rights Violation and Abuse in Detention Camps and Auctioning of IPL Players respectively. The event witnessed a strong clash of ideologies of the diplomats of tomorrow, representing 13 different schools in the Middle East. The debates and discussions lasted for a good number of hours in four committees came to a grand ending.
The much-awaited valedictory function started at 5 p.m. with the welcome note by Ms. Sujatha Jaishankar, a faculty of Department of Social Science. Ms. Meenakshi Nayyar, Vice-principal, IES, announced the results of hours-long rhetoric speeches and heated arguments, making the virtual hall reverberate with the virtual sounds of applause. She also congratulated the delegates, participants, and the faculty advisors of BMUN for their valuable contribution, zeal, zest, and gusto. The most coveted position of the Best Delegation of Bhavans Model United Nations (Middle East level) 2022 was bagged by Indian Education School, Kuwait. Fahaheel Al Watanieh Indian Private School (DPS), Kuwait, and Gulf Indian School, Kuwait, won the second and the third positions respectively. Compliments were showered upon the winners of the various panel discussions of the event, who will later receive certificates from the organizing committee of BMUN 2022. Mr. Nagarajan Murugesh, faculty of Department of Social Science, proposed the vote of thanks and expressed his profound gratitude to everyone who made the online event a grand success. The curtain of BMUN 2022 was drawn with the national anthem of India.
The experiential learning program that provided students with a better understanding of the intricate inner functioning of the United Nations left an indelible impression on the minds of its virtual spectators. The event was coordinated by Ms. Hajira Banu, HoD, Social Science, IES, and the members of the Department of Social Science, Mr. Nagarajan Murugesh and Mrs. Sujatha Jaishankar.