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Altrincham school’s international team excels at Model United Nations

By David Prior at

A multi-national team of Loreto Grammar School sixth form students practised a better way to bridge geopolitical division at their first Model United Nations conference.

The seven young women are themselves drawn from across the globe and were led by Russian spokeswoman Ludmilla Mitrofanova, who only came to the UK three years ago.

In the delegation were also Italian exchange student Giudita Iorio, British Indian Jiya Jigo, Ishvarya Sathiyamoorthy who was born in India, Michelle Shum, who was born in England of Chinese and Hong Kong parents, and Alice Kenny and Aoife Halpin, who are both of Irish descent.

Pictured (front): Alice Kenny, Ludmilla Mitrofanova and Ishvarya Sathiyamoorthy, and (back) Giuditta Iorio, Jiya Jigo, Aoife Halpin and Michelle Shum

Ludmilla said: “It is no accident that we sent a multi-national team. It is a big commitment to give up a full weekend to take part in the Model United Nations convention and our team all felt a particular reason to take part.”

The annual event at Manchester High School for Girls saw each team member allocated a hot topic then debating the case as seen from a particular country’s standpoint.

Loreto girls represented Switzerland and Greece debating concerns including health care reform, the environment, forward planning, disarmament, human rights and child welfare,

Giudita Iorio said: “It is very informative to research another country’s view point, free yourself from your own political bias and debate with the representatives of other nations.”

Head of Loreto’s Sixth Form Rob Latham, who accompanied the young women, said: “We would like to thank Manchester High for staging such a fantastic event and are proud our girls so wonderfully represented all our core values, particularly our belief in Internationalism.