Students UN-ite as one

VOICES from around the world could be heard in Tweed Heads, when schools from across the region formed their own United Nations Assembly.

The event, sponsored by local Rotary clubs, drew together 120 high school students representing 40 countries.

The students had to dress in national costumes and present the opinions of their designated countries on topics of world significance.

They debated about co-ordinating humanitarian aid, promoting renewable energy sources and supporting the right to food for all people.

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School had three teams representing Egypt, Indonesia and South Korea, while Tweed River High School represented Georgia.

Murwillumbah High School took on the role of Chile and Wollumbin High School became Japan.

Schools from the Gold Coast, Lismore and New England areas also participated in the event.

Bryson Coverdale, Lindisfarne's head of social sciences, said he was impressed with the quality of ideas the students presented.

“Our region's brightest scholars, public speakers and future leaders gathered in Tweed Heads last Saturday,” Mr Coverdale said.

“It was a room full of bright, like-minded young men and women and it really gives you a lot of hope for the future.”

Lindisfarne student Samuel Ryder, whose team represented South Korea, was one of just two students selected to participate in the National Model United Nations Assembly, to be held in Canberra later this year.

Mr Coverdale said he was proud of Samuel's achievement, which he thought was well-deserved.

“He is very knowledgeable and well-spoken,” he said. “We are very proud of him.”

But Mr Coverdale said all the students deserved praise.

“They came back enthused and more knowledgeable, but it was also a very social event for them,” he said.

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