Teaching students the importance of good governance and leadership in a borderless world is a challenge that the Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS), in Quezon City, has successfully risen to.
The school strengthened this vision further as Chiara Abaquin, a Grade 12 student at MIIS and a member of the delegation representing the Philippines at the Harvard Model Congress Asia 2014, was awarded Best Delegate of the Press Corps after standing out at the recently concluded conference held in Hong Kong.
“At first, we were intimidated by the presence of many experienced and competitive participants from all over the world,” said the 16 year-old Abaquin. “But after our nerves wore off, we realized that it was fun to collaborate and think about world issues and possible solutions. I learned the importance of the Press Corps in reporting these issues with integrity.”
Harvard Model Congress Asia (HMCA) is the premiere government simulation conference for international students. It is run entirely by Harvard students who are passionate about international relations, government, and teaching. Around 600 participants from schools in different countries convened at the Hong Kong University to assume responsibilities within international government bodies and learned about various global issues through debates and discussions within their peers.
“Some of the MIIS students acted as judges in the Supreme Court. Others wrote resolutions in the World Health Organization. The International Relations Organization (IRO) of our school had members debating in the Senate, negotiating in the United Nations Security Council, rewriting history in the Historical Committee, and reporting in the Press Corps,” Abaquin added. “Each day, our chairs—the Harvard mentors heading each committee—gave positive feedback. We showed that we could make a difference. We made a lot of friends, became more open-minded, and learned vital lessons from Harvard students.”
Other MIIS students who joined Abaquin at the conference were Miguel Aguilar, Kayla Fabi, Dave Go, Franco Mamba, Isabela Ostrea, Marcus Rosales, Kayla Santos, and Eman Vera.
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