Reddam pupils excel at SAMUN debate

Michael Shepstone, Samantha Sibanda, Lucia Schmutz and Joshua Simone.

Last weekend, four students from Reddam House: Samantha Sibanda, Grade 11; Lucia Schmutz, Grade 10; Joshua Simone, Grade 8; and Michael Shepstone, Grade 8, entered the annual South African Model United Nations (SAMUN) debate.

SAMUN is an Education Africa project based on the principles and format of a UN General Assembly debate, with a focus on the United Nations, global issues, international relations and human rights issues.

Reddam House competed against 16 other schools from around Cape Town. The topic of this year’s debate was “Africa and Climate Change”. This is a very current issue which required weeks of research in preparation for the debate.

Each team was made up of four pupils and each school was allocated a country. Reddam was allocated Mozambique.

In preparation for the event, the four pupils received private tutoring sessions from students at Stellenbosch University.

Michael Shepstone won the diplomacy award for representing his country (Mozambique) in a professional and courteous manner. The team won the best position paper out of all other schools.