BIS CONSTITUTES MODEL COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING (CHOGM) TO MARK 70TH COMMONWEALTH DAY CELEBRATIONS
On Monday, 11th March, 2019, BISMUN joined the international community to mark the 70th Commonwealth Day Celebration at the British Council. Among the many dignitaries present at the event were Ian Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana, Sam Okudzeto, Chair of the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission, Mina Mensah, Head of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and John Apea, Africa Head of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
The event featured a Model CHOGM debate on the motion: “Plastic Bottles Must be Banned Across All Schools in the Commonwealth Nations.” Serving as delegates of different Commonwealth nations, the students from BIS spoke against the motion, while students from Hydeson School spoke for the motion. Since the debate went into a stalemate as a result of the tie during the vote, Mr. Walker, who had been invited to sit through the Model CHOGM by the “model” Queen of England, Sherine Thorpe, broke the tie in favour of the motion.
His voting pattern was due to his own country’s policy on plastic ban, not because of delegates’ presentations on both sides of the floor.
Students of BIS won all the award categories at the end of the debate; some of which were “Overall Best Delegate” which went to Shika Tsikata, Best Delegate from the Pacific which went to Yoella Agyare-Nelson and Best Delegate from Europe which went to Michaela Asamoah-Boateng.
The sterling performance of our students is indeed a feather in the cap. It is going a long way to stabilize the training of the BIS Model UN (BISMUN) members ahead of the upcoming Ghana International School Model United Nations (GISMUN) Conference, where we will be sending delegates.
These experiences improve our students’ skills in public speaking and their desire to know more about, and also proffer solutions to, the complex global issues the world grapples with.