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Abbey College Manchester Sustainable Energy Debate

Following a year off, Abbey College Manchester once again hosted the Model United Nations debate run by the Manchester branch of Geographical Association (GA). The debate uses the Model United Nations format and featured the Cross Street Chapel as the General Assembly of the UN. This year’s topic was “Sustainable Energy for All”.

“Sustainable Energy for All” is also the title of a United Nations initiative designed to improve the quality of life for over 1 billion people who don’t have access to electricity. The initiative must not only do that, but also do it without exacerbating climate change, and that’s no easy task!

The objective of the debate was the setting up of a global framework for achieving these lofty goals. Students from Abbey College Manchester, Xavarian, Sale Grammar and King’s School Macclesfield fielded delegations from around the world including China and Nigeria, with Abbey College Manchester role playing as Germany. Our students meticulously researched the topic for several weeks before the event. The entire initiative was debated with great enthusiasm by the teams, and as ever, the judges had a difficult task making their decision. But in the end Abbey College Manchester ran out deserved winners.

The Abbey College Manchester team: CK Ma; Hooda Taguri; Ali Al-Saffar really stood out with their highly researched preparation, strength of argument and public speaking ability. They were ably supported by Will McConchie, Aria Beheshtaein and Mekhdi Aliev in the lead up to the event. The team was led by Mike Johnson, Head of Geography. The winners are proud holders of the GA debating forum trophy for the next 12 months and £15 each in Amazon vouchers.

Abbey College Manchester is part of the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges.