The High School Model NATO group works every Tuesday lunch from February until the end of March. At the end of March ( Subject to serious international incidents) we are invited along with four others schools to meet in NATO Headquarters in Brussels for a NATO led student simulation day.
This year the countries we represent are Germany, Spain, Denmark and Norway and the topics registered for presentation and discussion by the student (Ministers) so far are; Cyber Security, Disarmament , The Ocean Shield, Artic Circle request from Norway, Protecting Access to Space and the 2014 Afghanistan withdrawal. This leaves us with a lot of topics to research and understand ready to protect our countries points of view.
Our small student team of 14, as usual for St John’s, is wonderfully multi-national with students from Belgium, Britain, Holland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Poland, Australia, U.S. and Germany. This certainly helps us as a group genuinely understand the issue of the multi-cultural collaboration required at NATO and other global institutions and organisations.
If anyone is interested in NATO I recommend their online eLibrary: http://www.nato.int/
By Angie Slann, High School teacher and Model NATO coordinator