On Friday 23rd August, Year 10 students Loren Bryant, Tara Crockett, Michelle Butterfield and Rebecca Johnson competed at JCU Townsville in the Young Diplomats Conference. This competition asks teams to take on the role of United Nations delegates on behalf of a particular country. In our case we were representing Mexico at a round table negotiation to promote the elimination of child labour. Each student had to present a speech on a particular aspect of Mexican government policy in relation to child labour and then engage in discussions with other nations to seek ratifications for changes to the United Nations Child Labour Protocol. Our team entered into negotiations with the USA, Germany and India to seek common ground for implementing policies to ensure that children receive an education and are not exploited in the workforce.
Our students performed extremely well and were complimented by the judges (University professors, politicians and diplomats from Canberra) for their preparation and knowledge. We learnt so much about the challenges faced in developing countries such as Mexico in supporting poverty stricken families to allow their children to enjoy their childhood and gain an education – something which we take for granted in Australia.