During the holidays, 33 students along with Miss Srimali Fernando attended the 5th annual Sri Lanka Model United Nations Conference, held at Water’s Edge from 5th to 7th August. SLMUN is the largest school Model United Nations in South Asia and the 3rd largest in the world, with over 1200 delegates from schools across Sri Lanka, as well from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Our students have played a big part in the success of SLMUN with the school again providing more members, with ten, of the Executive Committee that organises the conference than any other school. Reema Mohamed, in particular, took charge of a lot of the overall planning in her key role of Under Secretary General for Public Relations and General Affairs. Junaid Jafar, Shevangi Sadesh Kumar and Sahan Tampoe were all Chairs of different committees and Avishka Mendis was again Assistant to the Secretariat.

This year’s theme was Conflict and Post Conflict Management. Congratulations to Maduni Wickramasinghe who won the award for the Best Position Paper in her committee and to Hishma Hafeez and Sonali Silva who won High Commendation Awards for their outstanding contributions to their committees. Hishma was the sole representative of Saudia Arabia in the Arab League (while other countries had two delegates) and was singled out for praise for her role in some very heated discussions about the ongoing crisis in Syria. Well done as well to Avishka Mendis, who was selected as a member of the Sri Lankan delegation to the Indian Model United Nations in New Delhi.

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