On November 13 BIS hosted its Third Annual Model United Nations Conference (BISMUN III)! There, students came together to discuss and propose solutions to such interesting and important issues as Iran’s Nuclear Program, social inclusion of refugees, and high-income and newly-industrialised countries’ investment into the developing world. We also had a Historical committee for the first time in Kyrgyzstan where people discussed the situation in Kosovo in 1999.
This year, BISMUN also partnered with Interact Club of Bishkek to direct all of the revenue from the event to charity! Over 20,000 som was collected and will be used to provide humanitarian aid and life support to impoverished disabled
people in Kara-Balta this Saturday. However, there still are some uncovered expenses from the event, which is why we are going to host a Movie Night Fundraiser for PYP and MYP in the next few weeks.
The organising team consisted of High School students of BIS lead and supported by Mr. Andrew. I was involved in some organisational matters and participated as a delegate at BISMUN, so I could assess the event from a participant’s point of view and hear a lot of positive feedback from other
participants. I was shocked by the amount of interested people: there have been over 150 applications from schools and universities from Bishkek, a few other places in Kyrgyzstan and even from other countries in Central and Southeast Asia!
Experienced MUNers were also impressed by the level of the conference given that BISMUN is the first and only Model UN in Kyrgyzstan organised by High School rather than University students. BISMUN participants have practiced their public speaking, negotiations, critical thinking and research skills, and
simply had a great time learning something new and meeting interesting people.
On behalf of all the BISMUN organisers, I’d like to thank our School for their support and an opportunity to explore ourselves as leaders and make an impact in our community’s development!
Elina and Medina, Grade 11 students