For 29 years young Tasmanians have made their way to Deloraine for the state’s Model United Nations Assembly.
Dressed in traditional clothing of the country they were representing, about 50 year 10 students took part in a series of debates just like the real United Nations.
Event coordinator Annette Viney of the Rotary Club of Deloraine said it was a great opportunity for the teenagers to step outside of their comfort zones.
She said the idea of a Model United Nations Assembly was to involve secondary students in a hands-on experience of a UN-style conference to increase international understanding and goodwill, which was one of the objects of Rotary.
“it was first started in Calgary in Canada … we have delegates from each country, who are from any of the schools in the state,” she said.
“They are given a set of resolutions to research and debate, and naturally we like to get the major countries in the United Nations.”
The program also helped the students to develop public-speaking skills.