PRADITA DIRGANTARA SMA (Boyolali) – Patricia Febi Widia Nugrahani, a grade XI student of SMA Pradita Dirgantara won an award in the United Nations model competition that she participated in. She was awarded the “Honorble Mention of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women” in the Online Distancing Model United Nation 3.0 competition which was held on November 14-15, 2020 and was awarded the Best Delegate Crisis Committee in the TogetherMUN 1.0 competition on 27-28 November 2020.
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is a simulated education and / or academic activity where students can learn about diplomacy, International Relations, and the United Nations. The UN model teaches students to be able to research, public speaking, negotiate, write, and compile documents. In addition, the Model UN engages students in critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Usually this activity is extracurricular, some schools also offer MUN as a class. (Source: Wikipedia)
Participants in the Model United Nations conference, act as delegates, who are placed on committees and assigned by the state, or sometimes other organizations or act as political figures. They are given assignments at the start, and together with the committee they discuss agreed upon topics. Delegates conduct research before the conference and formulate positions, then they will debate with fellow delegates. At the conclusion of the conference, the best delegates in each committee are sometimes recognized with an award. (Source: Wikipedia)
In the competition, Patricia took the role of a delegation from several countries including Japan, Tanzania and Romania. The challenge of joining MUN has its own impression on Patricia. “There are actually many challenges, both before and during the MUN itself. Before MUN, I had to do research on the specified topic, the position of my country according to applicable local laws, and actions that have been taken in that country or international actions related to the topic, “said Patricia.
“Research is very important to write a position paper, which is an essay to state the position of the country and convey solution ideas that have never been implemented before. Research is also useful on the day of the MUN implementation for speech and debate materials, “he added. In addition, according to Patricia, a quite tough challenge is when it comes to using formal English in discussions.
“I do sometimes communicate in English with my friends and brothers, but never use formal and diplomatic language, so I still have to learn this language. The challenge that I think is the biggest challenge is fighting self-doubt. I have never won a speech or debate competition in English before and many of the delegates already have experience and a solid foundation in speech / debate. However, I always thought that I would never be jealous of other delegates, but I learned from them in the hope that I could apply their strengths and what they lacked I could find solutions so that I would not do the same, ”he said.
On this occasion the Principal of SMA Pradita Dirgantara, Dr. Yulianto Hadi. M.M., also expressed his appreciation for the achievements made by Patricia. “One of the Seven Survival Skills taught by the school is the ability to communicate, it is important for students to be able to convey their opinions and what is in their realm of thought. The United Nation model is an event that can develop students’ skills, especially communication skills, because they have to discuss and reach agreement on global issues. In addition, students must also have capable research skills because what has to be presented of course must be based on data, ”said Mr. Yuli.
The Principal also said that the school program had also been designed to facilitate students in honing Seven Survival Skills, one of which was communication including public speaking through the “Speech” program where students every day before morning apples had to take turns delivering speeches in English. “My hope is that this achievement can be a motivation for Patricia and other students to continue working, developing themselves and” keep going! ” (study continues), “he concluded. (Oscar / PR / SMA Pradita Dirgantara)