M Ahmed Tajammul

As the Earth that we live on belongs not only to some, but to all, maintaining peace is not an option, but a responsibility. It is the youth of today that will become the leaders of tomorrow, and will determine which direction will we take: the direction of conflict or the direction of justice; of cordial relations or that of disputes; of guaranteed fundamental human rights or of violations to the very sanctity of life; of peace or of disharmony.

Thus, it is very important that the youth of today is groomed in such a way that they become the agents of change as responsible and civilized leaders of the world community, and be able to understand the dynamics of world political, social, and economic stability, in order to promote and maintain world peace. And the sanctified atmosphere of a school is the integral fostering ground for such tendencies to develop in this impressionable age.

Aitchison College, realising the responsibility to inculcate such training in its students, decided to take a step. The Aitchison College Model United Nations Society was established in 2009, as one of the earliest Model United Nations societies of Pakistan. The United Nations is largely considered to be the platform where conflicts between nations are resolved, and where establishing and maintaining world peace is the ultimate aim. By establishing a Model UN society, Aitchison College attempted to recreate the aura of the United Nations within the walls of the school, and essayed to inculcate the sense of responsibility which the leaders of today feel in upholding their motives; in the leaders of tomorrow.

As part of the objectives, the society started on an integrated programme of training and cultivating the essential capabilities in students to act as world leaders. Regular discussions on international socio-political and economic issues, regional disputes, and global environmental hazards prevailing over the world in the status quo, are held on a weekly basis. The students who attend these sessions are allocated countries to research on and present their respective stands on particular issues to be discussed. In such a way, they are made to step into the shoes of diplomats of various countries. This stimulates them to evaluate various perspectives to an international problem and this matures their outlook towards international politics, improves their thinking capabilities, and garners eloquence in their expression; making them responsible inhabitants of the world.

The students after adequate training are given an opportunity to represent Aitchison College and Pakistan itself, in national and international Model United Nations conferences, where they interact with students of different backgrounds and are exposed to a wide horizon of varied ideologies.

As a part of the programme, the society holds an annual MUN conference at Aitchison College, where a large number of teams have been participating in the event. Since 2010, the conference reached an international level and various international teams have come to Pakistan for this event. The participation of Indian schools signifies the role that this conference has been playing in setting aside hackneyed hostilities between the two neighbours, and developing bonds of friendship.

As William Collins said: “Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind” and reasoning is what the society aims to create in minds so that when they become leaders, the decisions they take have a rationale and they sow the seeds of peace on a global level to bring together all castes, creeds, races, and religions, to act for the benefit of mankind.