UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Education in War-torn Areas

TOPIC B: Digital Inequality

Catherine Said

Dear Delegates,

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the UN Special Council on Education at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Catherine Said and I am so excited to be your chair. The secretariat and staff have been hard at work to make this the best ILMUNC yet and I hope that your weekend in committee and at conference will be full of debate and memorable moments.

First, just a little bit about myself. I’m a rising senior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in International Development. I was born in Australia and, after my childhood there, moved to China and then the United Arab Emirates. During my high school years, I also did Model UN and the conferences I attended have made for some of the best memories I have – I hope that ILMUNC XXXIV will do the same for you. Within the International Affairs Association at Penn, I work with the Community Outreach and Engagement branch to implement international affairs curriculums into high school classrooms across the city. Outside of that, I work as a student consultant in improving literacy projects for non-profits abroad and volunteer in West Philadelphia elementary schools. I am also a semi-constant member of my intramural basketball team, an avid lover of all things travel and cooking, and am on a constant mission to drag someone to a new restaurant (hit me up for recommendations).

I am thrilled to be chairing this committee at my last ILMUNC with your moderator Tina Gao. Education development is one of my primary academic interests and I’ve worked on education development projects in Ghana and China and remotely in South Sudan. I truly believe in the trickle-down effects of education and am so beyond excited to hear the ideas that you and your fellow delegates will bring to the committee room. While the background guide will serve as a good introduction to the topics we will cover, I hope it will also serve as a starting point as you conduct further research. Tina and I both are confident that you will bring meaningful and creative ideas to committee and cannot wait to meet you all. Leading up to conference, please feel free to reach out to me or your fantastic USG, Fiona Bardhoshi, with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting all of you in January!

Best,

Catherine Said

Co-Chair, UN Special Council on Education
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Sai Bandi

Dear Delegates,

I am so excited to welcome you to ILMUNC 34’s UN Special Council on Education. It is my pleasure to be one of your Co-Chairs for what is to be an exciting and eventful weekend. I hope this years committee will be filled with lively debate, heated discussion, and thoughtful resolutions. 

I am a Sophomore studying Economics and Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m from Portland, Oregon, home to hipsters, craft beer and the popularization of #420.

I’ve been involved with Model UN since my freshman year of high school and have loved it ever since. Currently, I compete on the College Model UN Circuit as a part of UPenn’s traveling team, Intercol. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with animals, watching the Portland Trail Blazers or shaping my personality to be as witty as Chandler’s one day. 

Catherine, Tina and I cannot wait to see all of you at the conference. We are very excited for this committee and hope that you all have a great time!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or Cat through our fantastic USG Fiona!

Best

Sai Bandi

Co-Chair, UN Special Council on Education
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference