KGS, Lyceum win big at Harvard Model United Nations 2016

Published: February 1, 2016

The Karachi Grammar School (KGS) won the best international delegation award at the Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) 2016 held in Boston, United States.

Over 3,000 delegates representing over 199 countries participated to debate issues of international importance.

KGS wins best delegation trophy at ZABMUN

A 14-member KGS team participated at the MUN in Boston for the first time, the team’s head told The Express Tribune. The winning team also won all debate competitions in Karachi before heading for Boston. The team clinched the best delegation award at Zabmun-VIII, MUNIK and BAYMUN.

The KGS delegation included Uzair Saqib, Zainab Saeed, Taimur Ahmed Mian, Ghasharib Shoukat, Suroor Rahimtoola, Nasha Kanga, Laleh Ahmed, Rahul Bherwani, Channan Hanif, Zarak Quraishi, Riva Effendi, Hakim Faiz, Shahzel Najam and Leila Khan.

Other schools from Pakistan, including Karachi’s Lyceum, Aitchison College and Roots Millennium from Islamabad, also participated at the event.

Lyceum’s eight-member team secured the ‘best small delegation award’.

From left to right: Amsel Bilal, Obaid Rehman, Bakhtawar Atta , Aleena Aamir, Sakina Darab, Zulqarnain Amir, Wasay Peracha, Janian Shah and Maheen Naveed

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The sixty-third session of Harvard Model United Nations was held from January 28 to Sunday January 31 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. More than 3,000 delegates and 300 faculty advisors from around the United States and every continent of the world convened to confront and debate issues of international importance.

Correction: An earlier version of the article erroneously stated KGS won the best delegation award instead of the best international delegation.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Muhammad
    Feb 1, 2016 - 12:35PM

    good to celebrate the victory but bahi we need to fix the Matric system so that the 99% of Pakistani can also celebrate.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 1, 2016 - 12:38PM

    Well done KGS……you’re still the best.Recommend

  • Maheen
    Feb 1, 2016 - 1:05PM

    So proud of you people.
    Keep up the good work guys. Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2016 - 2:26PM

    So proud of these young men and women!Recommend

  • hari
    Feb 1, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Congrats to the girls and boys.Recommend

  • Fast
    Feb 1, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Well done guys you made us all proud!!Recommend

  • Adeel Shaikh
    Feb 1, 2016 - 4:13PM

    The article you posted about KGS winning HMUN was very misleading, and borderline lying.
    The real story is as follows:

    Harvard MUN has three main delegation awards: Best Small delegation (for all teams with less than 10 members), Best Large Delegation (with teams with 10 or more members) and Best International Delegation (only for teams from outside the USA). Every Lyceum team member won an award, which means we had a 100% win ratio, much better than KGS. We won the best small delegation award, because we were better than every other team, American or International, in our delegation category. If we had not won Best Small delegation, we would probably have won Best International delegation. But since we won Best Small, KGS was given Best International. The Tribune article says ‘KGS wins best delegation’ rather than ‘KGS wins best international delegation’, and there is barely any recognition of Lyceum. I would like to request you to make this correction. If possible please remove the existing post and make one that recognises the outstanding achievements of both Schools, KGS and Lyceum. Recommend

  • Swedish
    Feb 1, 2016 - 4:37PM

    Lyceum and KGS should both be in the headlines indeed! Will appreciate if you modify the headline. Recommend

  • Zulqarnaim Aamir
    Feb 1, 2016 - 4:43PM

    Gud j0b guys!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • ghasharib shoukat
    Feb 1, 2016 - 5:27PM

    very goodRecommend

  • sharath chandra
    Feb 1, 2016 - 5:35PM

    Congrats. Recommend

  • Fuzail
    Feb 1, 2016 - 6:12PM

    The nation is proud of Lyceum and KGS for their excellent showings in this coveted event. I am wondering; people like Imran Khan are demanding same standard of education for everybody. I never thought it made any sense, because brilliant boys and girls need extraordinary standards of education, otherwise there is no way for these kids to show how remarkable they are. Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Good job! BozzzRecommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:12PM

    this news made my day . happyRecommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Feb 1, 2016 - 7:28PM

    @Fuzail: You are making the assumption that Imran wants everyone to have the “government” school standard of education? You seem to assume that KGS (or similar) standard of education cannot be given to everyone in Pakistan. I am assuming it will take a decade or so to have the necessary groundwork done, but a KGS level education can be provided in Urdu as well, with English as a strong second language mandated course. KGS stands out primarily for the well balanced demographic, its strong sense of discipline and an extraordinary sense of importance given to well-rounded education. These very principles can also be eschewed in the rest of the educational institutions of Pakistan, if only some of the faculty leads by example. Most teaching staff do not have a grasp of the subject they are teaching and simply propagate rote learning. These teachers cannot inculcate a sense of learning in their students. In my opinion, far more than material goodness of schools, we simply require far, far better teachers and a modernized curriculum. This can far easily be implemented by starting with a single year, in which students are interfaced with a new curriculum and an absolutely new set of teachers. With each passing year, that batch of students, and those that follow them, can continue to benefit from the new system. Old teachers can either update themselves accordingly, or be replaced by better ones. There are no full-spectrum, one-shot solution to this issue. Recommend

  • Mohammad Faizan Farooq Khan
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:17AM

    A wonderful achievement however Iit must be highlighted that is these schools are bastions of the rich and famous people of Pakistan. 90% of the population cannot afford to pay for the admission fees of Harvard model United nations let alone the airfare to Boston Massachusetts, therefore please celebrate but we must not forget that many children and their families cannot afford the basic educational requirements and unless we manage basic educational institutions for our children these victories serve little purpose other than being good conversation fodder for the next cocktail parties thrown by the parents of these teenagers.Recommend

  • Fuzail
    Feb 2, 2016 - 11:29AM

    @Azmat Ali sahib, kids with better reading comprehension, for example, can and do absorb higher volumes of reading materials. The point is that in every country you will find students with IQ in 99.5% percentile. These kids are just plain brilliant and any efforts to bring other kids closer to them would be just too costly. Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Feb 2, 2016 - 5:46PM

    Good Job kids! keep it up.. you are future of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Aviator
    Feb 3, 2016 - 6:55AM

    Well done!Recommend

  • Rukhsana Yasmin
    Feb 3, 2016 - 4:26PM

    Well done!!!!!!!
    Its a new changing Pakistan!!!!!
    May this journey never stop!!!!!
    Good luck Saki!!Recommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 4, 2016 - 1:35AM

    Pakistan of today epitomizes spartans of 300. Seriously.
    When world look at us, they laugh at us, they ridicule us.
    But when they fight us, they run for their lives.
    THIS IS PAKISTAN!!! Force to reckon with
    world is one funny thing :)Recommend

  • Abdul Jabbar
    Apr 7, 2016 - 1:15PM

    My Nation My life

    I Love PAKISTAN Verrrrrrrrrrrrrry MuchRecommend

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