- St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia
The first workshop of Sri Lankan Model United Nations (SLMUN) 2019 was hosted by St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia on 7th July 2019. The workshop commenced with an introductory session by the Secretary General, Dimuth Fernando. It quickly progressed with, Shaquille Balasooriya, getting the students and executive committee members warmed up with an interactive session
The topic debated was ‘Death penalty vs life imprisonment’. Many notable points were conveyed by many students such as: “Death penalty should be given to all murders however not to drug dealers because they deserve life imprisonment”, some stated that “Drug dealers should also be given death penalty as they are slowing killing people by selling drugs to them” and another stated that, “No! Drug dealers shouldn’t be sentenced to death penalty as it’s the buyers’ wish to purchase”.
This session proved two points, firstly that most of the students were already aware of the current situation or had a basic sense of what’s happening and secondly that the students were confident and strong enough to convey their message to a large group of people and this is essentially what SLMUN is.
- Royal Institute Havelock
The second regional workshop for Sri Lanka Model United Nations 2019 was held at Royal Institute, Havelock on the 20th of July from 8:30am onwards. After a brief introductory to SLMUN and code of conduct during session, the students present were divided into groups for a debate session.
The topic introduced to the students was “Should mandatory drug tests be conducted onstudents?” The assigned chairs firstly explained the laws and regulations pertaining to this topic and a few opening arguments that can be discussed through the course of the debate. While most Students agreed that this is definitely a step in the correct direction as it would largely reduce and discourage teenage drug use, some argued that this would be an invasion of privacy, a waste of resources and hinder or interrupt school programs.
Students that had attended the previous workshop spoke with more experience and knowledge on current issues. They were more confident and diplomatic when expressing their opinion. Their ability to express their ideas more effectively and diplomatically proved the success of these workshops.