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Manchester High School for Girls


Cyber crime, election fraud and child refugees were just some of the issues being tackled by the best teenage minds in the country at the weekend.

The pupils, from Manchester High School for Girls, were joined by over 300 students from across the country to host the Model United Nations (MUNHigh2017) conference.

Replicating a typical UN meeting, the sixth form students debated some of the world’s greatest problems, from cyber terrorism to human rights.

Lily Lewis, from Manchester High’s Class of 2011, opened the conference with students from 23 schools in attendance. Lily is Senior Researcher and Policy Adviser at the House of Commons for Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister.

She said: “It is great to be back in Manchester to speak to students taking part in Model United Nations. MUN has clearly gone from strength to strength at Manchester High, and it is brilliant to see so many young people learning important skills such as public speaking and leadership, as well as building their knowledge of international affairs. Credit must go to the organisers for putting together such an impressive programme.”

Secretary General, 17-year-old Radhika Patel from Ashton-under-Lyne, was part of the eight-strong team of MHSG sixth formers. She said: “Many of us have been actively involved in Model United Nations since Year 9, and through the programme we have been developing a good understanding of global issues. We are all affected by decisions made by world leaders, and it is therefore crucial that young people have an awareness of the challenges that we all face, especially in the changing political climate.”

Lily Lewis has been working in Parliament for almost three years providing policy advice to the Opposition frontbench. She is passionate about increasing the representation of women in politics.

She concluded: “Through my own political career, I have seen that this is a critical time to explore the role of international cooperation in tackling global social and economic problems. From addressing inequality here in Manchester, to protecting human rights worldwide, I am confident that taking part in MUN will inspire the next generation of leaders to help solve some of these pressing challenges."

Manchester High School for Girls was ranked by The Times as having the highest percentage of A* to B grades at A-level in the North West in 2016. The School is welcoming applications for admissions into its Sixth Form for September 2017.