CONCEPT NOTE
OPEN FORUM DISCUSSIONS

We at Presidium believe in the power of the youth to create necessary change in the way society functions and to solve its complex issues at the necessary grassroots level.
In our flagship conference, PMUN 2018 we have decided to keep the central theme as Presidium for Youth Empowerment. We are extending this concept into 11 innovative committee simulations for over 605 students participating from the best schools in the country. However we sincerely feel that such sensitization and learning contributing to empowerment of the youth should not restricted to just the 11 committees and the 600+ young leaders participating from privileged private schools. In an attempt to foster inclusivity in Model UN's and to open the platform to those who would not normally be privy to such crucial a exposure, we have decided to host two open forum discussions where participation will be exclusively from young leaders from Government Schools. These are hubs of young and bright and exceptional minds that don't usually get the chance or the opportunity to participate in MUN's or similar events and it is our prerogative to guide these young minds and provide them with an equal opportunity to participate in this learning experience.

This is an attempt to take into account the views of these students about the challenges they face in their surroundings, the standard of education they receive and to develop, discuss and deliberate on solutions. Most importantly, to enable them to recognize the power of their own voice and the value it has in creating change.

One of the two committee being organised for the implementation of this idea is-

1. Open forum on education sector reforms
With the common understanding and acceptance that the current education system is ineffective in providing skillsets and development necessary for the youth to excel and contribute to the national growth or even the personal growth, it is no surprise that India desperately requires an overhaul in its education sector. While private schools and colleges are able to take control of some beneficial policies, the government schools are usually prey to policy roadblocks within wings of the State and Central Government and are often the guinea pigs of rampant policy changes which in most cases turns out to be counterproductive to their development and education. Most of these cases go unheard of as well since there is no platform for these young students to discuss remedies or reform and their voices are hardly heard over the bureaucracy. Thus we are simulating this committee specifically for students enrolled in schools directly under the supervision of the Government of India. The working methodology of the committee will be simple and flexible aimed at providing these young leaders with a platform to share their views, raise their concerns and develop solutions which will then be compiled and sent to the relevant authorities.

This committee hopes to foster an open discussion, unbridled with diplomacy and constraints of policy, simply to take into account the personal views and comments of these students who are facing the brunt of education policies without any say in the matter. This inclusive approach will help create a deeper understanding of the issues and a grassroots level and create a positive atmosphere of unbiased and effective decision making.

Key Points
The agenda for this discussion shall be education sector reform. The participants will share personal experiences of how education policies have impacted their lives and their schools followed by analysing the problems and key areas of concern.

Both Hindi and English will be the operative languages.

There will be no registration fee charged from the participants in this discussion. The informal sessions will include skill building activities with the teachers and other students in order to promote inclusivity and peer to peer learning.