Outside the gates of the elite International schools of the Western Province, few know or recognize MUN as a prominent and reputed co curricular. It’s one of the few competitive activities in which you don’t see the status quo domination by the traditional colossi in academia such as our own. Yet within this foreign territory, TCMUN, in its short but vivid history has thrived, gaining recognition for being daring and relentless. The names of Bilaal Marikar, Malaka Samarasinghe and Lukman Hassan have resonated in the conference halls of Sri Lanka. And this year’s participation in Colombo Model United Nations (COMUN) marked another significant milestone.
From the 3rd to the 5th of March 2023, Trinity’s MUN Club took part in COMUN 2023 organized by the Overseas School of Colombo. This was the first time that we took part in the conference that had traditionally been reserved for an exclusive group of international schools. Participation is an understatement for our delegation of ten, who left a mark in the COMUN circuit. With a brilliant display of knowledge and diplomacy, TCMUN had a charismatic presence.
Winning an Honorary Mention (3rd) at the Security Council was personally rewarding but was a far cry compared to the invaluable memories of the weekend. In my final conference as a delegate, I built a close and everlasting bond with my juniors. A group of hyperactive, overenthusiastic, garrulous and yet highly intelligent students who carry the promise of a bright future for the club and more importantly the college.
I write this review not as a poignant memoir but a cheerful farewell. Within my tenure as an MUNer, Trinity consecutively recorded awards at seven conferences and the streak continues. We had chairs (adjudicators) in three separate conferences, SLMUN 2021, HCMUN 2022 and MMUN 2023. We are pending the selection of five Executive Committee members at SLMUN 2023 for the first time in our history. While the lingo may confuse laymen, these are remarkable achievements within the realm of Model UN.
Nonetheless, our club is yet to reach its true potential.
TCMUN is in the safe hands of its committee for 2023 led by Mast. Vinindu Perera. For the first time we have an entire committee striving to reach new heights for MUN at Trinity College. The club remains true to its founding mission of nurturing diplomats inculcated with Trinity values. I wish the gentleman at TCMUN the very best as I depart from my years of service, with COMUN 2023.
Parinda Ratnayake, TCMUN President (2022)