In the words of Ali Blanco.
On Monday 5 March my mother, sister and I set off on a massive adventure to New York City to participate at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference. This is an international conference held in NYC.
My sister and I were selected to represent the Solomon Islands and we were the delegates of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee. On the first evening there was an opening ceremony where we were fortunate to carry our national flag.
On the second day of the conference my sister, Jimena and I entered the committee session and started the debate. At first, I was very nervous but I soon learnt that stepping outside of my comfort zone would see me playing an active role in establishing ideas. My ideas were included in the final resolutions. I was thrilled.
The days were very busy and we would discuss and debate issues that were affecting the world. But on the bright side, our committee managed to take forward 7 resolutions by consensus. It all went so quickly until the big day arrived. We went to the United Nations Building where generations of delegates like us had been sitting working on making the world a better place. My sister and I were very lucky to talk at the General Assembly. We had been elected to represent our committee.
Some important things that MMUN has taught me is:
- Even the smallest person in the world can make a change
- Everyone has a voice
- Sometimes you must step outside your comfort zone to make a difference