Karachi: Engro Grammar School, a community school of Engro Fertilizers, Daharki of Cambridge stream modelled the United Nations and the Pakistan National Assembly (MUNEG 1) for the first time in the school’s history last month.
The idea of holding the conference first envisaged by the A-level team of students of EGS and whole- heartedly supported by the Vice Principal Ms. Umber Tariq and the faculty came to a reality after weeks of tireless efforts of the students, who right from the planning stage till its execution worked with utmost dedication and perseverance. Among the team leaders were Sarmad Saeed, The Secretary General (MUNEG); Abdur Rehman Tahir, The Director General; Alisha Khalid, Under Secretary General and Rafay Mehmood Siddiqui, The President heading the two committees: The Legal Committee and the Pakistan National Assembly.
The day long activity started with the opening ceremony in the morning followed by the long committee sessions in which 137 delegates representing their designated countries participated. Along with the host delegates from EGS were the teams coming from Fauji Fertilizer School, Goth Maachi; Fauji Fertilizer, Mirpur Mathelo; Sheikh Khalifa School, Rahim Yar khan and SYMUN, Sukkur. During the sessions delegates in the legal committee and the Pakistan national assembly discussed the issues related to International terrorism and the Electoral Report respectively.
The delegates, being the voice of millions, in the Legal Committee, and remaining within the framework of their foreign policy debated on issues related to terrorism and formulated solutions in the assemblies. The debilitative committee sessions requiring the art of diplomacy and good interpersonal skills were made further challenging when the delegates had to face an unexpected emergency situation, a simulation intentionally enacted to put them through the scenarios demanding poise, aplomb and good diplomacy. These sessions were followed by the closing ceremony in the evening when prizes were distributed to the winning delegates. The much awaited DJ night was the last event before the delegates called it a day.
Hussain Zahid Khund, Registrar IBA Sukkur graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the closing ceremony. Also present were The Vice President EFERT, Mr. Inamullah Naveed Khan; The General Manager EFERT, Mr. Muddassir Yaqoob Rathore, and The President Board of Directors, Mr Asim Rasheed Qureshi. Mr. Inamullah Naveed in his message termed this as a general forum for exposure at the international level and an excellent source of motivation for students, wishing them all the best and hoping to see them actually representing Pakistan in the UN.
Muddassir Rathore lauded the initiative taken by the students and added that it would bring in more confidence in our kids and motivate the faculty. Wishing all the participants good luck he said that such forums not only enhance the capacity and capability of our kids but also help in increasing the exposure of entire school team.
Asim Rasheed Qureshi also praised EGS for this initiative adding that this was as experiential learning for younger generation to lead, think about world issues and be inspired to change the world. He praised the energetic organizing committee for putting up the magnificent show and said, “Energy passion and enthusiasm are contagious. World will surely be a better and peaceful place to live if the UN becomes as effective as modelled today. Good luck to the delegates and the world.”