We appreciate all comments and especially value feedback from our mentees. Here are some comments we received on our evaluation forms:
FEATURED TESTIMONIAL: PHYLLIS YIU
"A simple, tiny decision you make, may change you a lot for the better later on."
I still remember the first IGNIS MUN workshop I attended when I was Grade 10. I didn't know much about what MUN is before that. My senior in school recommended me this event and she said that would be fascinating. That's true as when I was listening to the talk. I saw everyone on stage giving speeches confidently. I didn't [expect] that I would be the one to speak up in the workshop.
Before that, I was quite timid when speaking in front of people. I used to be shaking and nervous. In the workshops, the mentors told us," You have to be confident about what you are going to tell others!" That is so inspiring and encouraging to those who are timid like me. The mentors are not that [much] older than me, but they are so different from the people surround[ing] me. They held workshops and conferences. They introduced the participants to MUN and to what is happening in the world. They shared the experiences they had in the previous conferences. That really opened up my mind.
So I appreciate them a lot, in the sense of promoting MUN to those who have no idea about it, creating something new and great. They changed my mind in [terms of] giving a public speech and becoming aware of more global issues. Beyond that, they showed us that we can do a lot more than just attaining good grades in school.
It was really my pleasure to be a head delegate in the next event. I am just a beginner but I can participate in helping prepare the materials. I am so grateful to have the opportunity. It provided me the chance to introduce MUN to others who are new to it. We were doing the new third runway issue and it really helps in studying about Liberal Studies as you can know more about how things are going on, rather than just know about it. That is very useful and helpful in critical thinking, which we need as a teenagers.
Apart from widening my horizons, participating in IGNIS HK events also widens my social circle. I met a lot of people from different schools, different year groups, to exchange ideas and thoughts. It is great that we still keep in touch after the conferences. Last year, I had to do university applications. It was quite painful when I was preparing for admissions, and that made me feel lonely and helpless. However, IGNIS HK mentors advised me a lot, in terms of doing public exams, choosing majors, writing a good personal statement and sharing their own experiences. That was so encouraging. They gave me courage, which motivated me a lot in pursuing my dreams. It proved to me that walking a different path from others is not a wrong decision, but an influenced event in my life. That's why I am glad that I have them, I am so glad that I joined IGNIS HK's event in grade 10. A simple, tiny decision you make may change you a lot for the better later on.
- Phyllis Yiu, St. Paul's School, (2014, 2015, 2016)
“Speaking as an ordinary local secondary school student, I think that IGNIS HK is a heartwarming proof that debates and conferences on international affairs are no longer exclusive for international school students- it is OUR chance as well! During the IGNIS HK Summer Workshop, the experienced mentors ushered us into a whole new world of exciting international affairs, and helped us look deep into the stances of different countries. MUN taught us more than debating skills- it's more about how we view this world from a broader perspective, to be more aware of social issues taking place on the other side of the world and how to regard others' plights as our own. IGNIS HK truly brings wonderful learning opportunities which we local students do not normally have!"
- Vicky Lau, Carmel Pak U Secondary School (2016)
"Well, there are a lot of things that I like about IGNIS. Of course the best thing is that I got to meet you lot of friends and communicate with more people using English instead of Chinese. I've always been seeking chances for me to practice public speaking more and here it is.”
- Cassandra Chan, Leung Shek Chee College (2016)
“Last year I joined IGNIS as well. It provides a good opportunity for students to understand MUN. I think that it really gives an opportunity for kids to do more public speaking and to exchange ideas.”
- Louisa Liu, Bishop Hall Jubilee School (2015)
“I think the mentors are really funny. They always makes jokes and they always interact with us. They really make us feel like...we are a big family.”
- Elaine Ng, Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School (2015)
“I got to know this programme because of my teacher's recommendation. I [have] never joined any MUN conferences [before] so it was a really great opportunity for me and most importantly, it was free of charge!!!! There are really some underprivileged students who can't afford fees.”
- Joey Lo, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School (2014)
A Poem for IGNIS
Roll call say present
Never stay silent
Keep your eyes open
Oh! Fierce alliance!
Beat the opponents
Motion for caucus
Propose an amendment
Time is limited
Voting is urgent
Don’t make it endless
by Tse Yee Lai, Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School
and Ng Yan Lok, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School (2014)