Head student leader Lara Cable has been selected to participate in UN Youth’s Global Development Tour in January 2018, a dream she has held since she started at the school. It will be the third consecutive year that a student from ACG Senior College has been part of the tour.
Lara will join 21 other young New Zealanders on the tour of New York, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Geneva, Rome and Paris. They will meet with international policy makers, businesses and NGOs and attend the Model United Nations Conference and Exposition at Columbia University.
“It will be an incredible opportunity to further my interest in international relations, to think critically about global issues and challenges, and to do it all with a group of like-minded young people,” Lara said.
She said digital communication, economic globalisation, and a greater ability to travel has connected the world, and as issues that require a multi-national approach – like climate change, the refugee crisis and famine – become more acute, it is increasingly important that people be aware of different cultures and perspectives.
The application process for the tour is competitive. UN Youth look for students with the potential for making change for the future, who are driven, high-achieving and involved in their communities. In 2015, ACG Senior College student Hannah Monigatti was selected for the tour and, in 2016, Teresa Lee.
Why three students in a row from one school?
“ACG Senior College values independent critical thinking and the examination of different world views, and I think that really shows in the strong interest students have in Model United Nations,” Lara said. “We are very fortunate to have teachers who actively promote discussions on global issues, and IB and CIE are both international programmes that foster global citizenship.”