Model UN, Copenhagen: Daily Blog #2

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Linden students from Grade 11 participated in Rysensteen Gymnasium’s Model UN in Copenhagen, April 23-30, 2016. Below is the second in a series of blogs our students shared with us. 

By Toni, Grade 11.

Hello, Linden Readers!

Today is Wednesday 26th and our third day in Copenhagen! Today we went to the Rysensteen Gymnasium to take part in a Model UN training session. First, we played a Kahoot about the history of Copenhagen and the Model UN. We started off strong, and all four of us had scored in the top 6 places on the board. Sadly, we did not finish with these prestigious rankings. Next, we learned about the rules of the UN.

Then we participated in a mock debate about the consumption of babies. It was very scary at first. We felt very out of place as our peers seemed to be more comfortable debating as well as coming up with points involving the consumption of babies. As the debating continued, we participated more and became more comfortable debating the topic. It was a hard concept to grasp at first because the topic wasn't serious, but everyone was taking it very seriously, and everyone was speaking and acting very seriously.

At the end of the debate, we were asked to vote on the resolution. We had 15 votes in favour and ten against. Liana and Emma voted for the law to pass, and Anne and I voted against.

We finished early and decided to play a game of Logo Kahoot. After 40 intense questions, the Canadians dominated the leaderboard.

After lunch, we went to French class with the Danish students. Next, we were given some free time, so we went to explore the city surrounding the school! We went to a mall and explored several Danish shops. We especially enjoyed the store Normal, which one could equate to a Walmart that had a child with a Dollar Store. We went back to the school to participate in a coffee house mixer where we met all of the different students who had come from all over the world to participate in this year's Model UN. We met students from Turkey, Egypt, Germany, India, Russia, and Argentina! We split up into teams to compete In a Global geography quiz. My team ending up tying for first place with a total score of 14/18. Next, we played a game where people who did not speak certain languages such as Danish, German and Spanish had to speak to those who knew them. The objective of the game was for the non-native speaker to correctly say the phrases to the person of that language who would then translate the phrase into English. It was very exciting, and a great way to engage with others from different places. Today was a great day! I can't wait for tomorrow!

We met students from Turkey, Egypt, Germany, India, Russia, and Argentina! We split up into teams to compete in a Global geography quiz. My team ending up tying for first place with a total score of 14/18. Next, we played a game where people who did not speak certain languages such as Danish, German and Spanish had to speak to those who knew them. The objective of the game was for the non-native speaker to correctly say the phrases to the person of that language, who would then translate the phrase into English. It was very exciting, and a great way to engage with others from different places. Today was a great day! I can't wait for tomorrow!

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