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Hayfield student shines at summit

DEBATE: Emma Foster took part in a UN-style summit. Photo submitted.

DEBATE: Emma Foster took part in a UN-style summit. Photo submitted.

Hayfield A-level student Emma Foster shone in the spotlight of a high-pressure UN-style summit in Manchester.

Seven teams debated the global issue of food security, representing the views of allocated countries such as the United States, China, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Russia.

The event was hosted by Abbey College Manchester where Emma, 17, is studying, and was organised by the Geographical Association of Manchester,

Emma, who represented the views of Russia in the debate, said: “This debate was a fascinating and really enjoyable experience and the atmosphere on the floor really was electric.

“Each country made a speech outlining their policy and opening position when it comes to either providing (donor countries) or receiving (undernourished countries) food supplies.

“Negotiations then took place between each of the countries, deals were struck and a final resolution was thrashed out, voted on and passed.”

Abbey College Manchester’s Head of Geography Mike Johnson said:

“There were some excellent arguments put forward by all the students and besides the challenge of debating, the event was a really engaging way of expanding their understanding of vital international issues.”

 

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