One thing you can say for sure about Karachiites is that they’re never stumped for words. Two teams from the city by the sea proved this at the 63rd International Model United Nations at Harvard University. The KGS team won the ‘best international delegation’ award, while Lyceum brought back the honor of being named ‘best small delegation’.
The MUN, a conference designed to raise awareness of international issues in young people enabling them to develop and hone research, public speaking, debate and diplomacy skills, is a concept that has gained tremendous popularity across the globe. The objective is to encourage tomorrow’s game-changers to learn about global issues, conflicts and potential ways to their resolution.
The Harvard MUN this year had over 3000 delegates, with around 300 faculty advisors, representing nearly 200 countries. Besides Karachi Grammar School and Lyceum, there were other Pakistani participants too, from Lahore’s Aitchison College and Roots Millenium Islamabad.
The 14-member Grammarian squad participated in the Harvard MUN for the first time, but the team has already won many triumphs at home in the last year. It clinched the best delegation awards at both the SZABIST MUN, the BAY MUN organized by Bayview College, and the MUN at IBA Karachi.
With politicians giving short shrift to the nation at present, perhaps its time to hope that these leaders of tomorrow will change things for the better, and unlike their predecessors, not be all words and no action.