United Nations Association Youth
For students interested in global issues, Ashby School has its own branch of the United Nations Association Youth.
The Ashby School UNAY meets every Wednesday after school, giving students a forum to learn more about international issues and how they can get involved.
Students also get the chance to listen to visiting speakers and take part in their own UN Security Council each year.
Student Rosie James hopes that her involvement in the school's UNAY will improve her knowledge of world affairs and boost her career prospects.
Rosie, who wants to study Humanitarian Law at university, said: "Being part of something like the UNAY will hopefully help me to get onto a Law course at university.
"I also like the idea of understanding what happens in organisations like the UN. Since I've been involved, I understand more about how the decisions are made and why decisions are sometimes not made. I have always been interested in helping people, too, which is what the UN is all about."
Teacher Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi, who set up the Ashby UNAY, said: “UN branch events provide active learning opportunities for delegates, allowing them to explore and analyse a situation affecting unfamiliar people in unfamiliar settings.
“They negotiate and reach consensus on the best action for all, working individually and as part of a group. Delegates develop their communication skills and build their self-confidence.”
At the school’s Security Council, students take on the role of UN ambassadors, representing each of the 15 member states. They discuss the issues tackled by genuine Security Council members - such as pollution and poverty - and pass resolutions.
At the council meeting, students are expected to be familiar with the views and standpoints of the country they are representing.