Mullum student on world stage
MULLUMBIMBY High School Year 10 student, Azlan Currie will join 16 other Australian high school students to debate UN resolutions in The Netherlands.
The 16-year-old is part of the Australian Delegation to the 47th Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Conference to be held in The Hague in January next year.
She is one of over 3,500 high school students from 100 countries to have this unique opportunity.
Azlan said that she is "the only NSW representative from a regional area and the only one from a non-selective public school".
"This will be a lot different from what we do here at UN Youth Australia. We'll debate 'mock' UN resolutions but at this point, we have no idea what those resolutions will be," she said.
"We are given a country to represent, in my case, China, and we'll debate policies made on many different issues.
"Then, successful resolutions will be presented to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
"I am inspired by the strength of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who defended her right to an education and stood up to the Taliban.
"I'm looking forward to learning from other delegates and sharing ideas. Hopefully when I return home, I'll have clearer ideas on issues facing our society.
Azlan has been praised by Byron mayor, Simon Richardson as "an articulate go-getter".
AZLAN has started a campaign to fund her journey. Donations can be made online to http://www.gofundme.com/ bzbzvo or left at Mullumbimby High School or Brunswick Heads Public School.