‘Unlike previous enterprise days this visit from the MOD only lasted a few hours. It was different from the usual business and banking topics and was carried out in a professional way. Even though it was short we learnt more than we do from the usual enterprise days. We learnt how to use limited resources to maximum effect, we learnt what the MOD do and who they employ. Even given less time we had improved our problem solving and debating skills. All in all it was a very informative and enjoyable day.’
Sam and Jenny, S5
INFO below quoted from the MOD Presentation Team website. Our thanks to the Team who visited Gairloch High on 14th February 2007.
The Defence Schools Presentation Team programme is produced by the MOD Schools Adviser Team based in London and delivered to schools in visits by its 5 regional teams which cover England, Scotland and Wales.
The programme consists of a half-day visit and combines an audio-visual presentation, workshops and an international crisis role play exercise plus press conference.
International Role Play Crisis Scenario
Based on a fictional country called Dacan and set in South-East Asia. The background to the crisis is a civil war between two ethnic communities and an impending humanitarian disaster. British civilians are trapped by the conflict.
Pupils are tasked with producing an action plan that represents Britain’s response to the crisis and in doing so take on the roles of Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Secretary of State for Defence, Secretary of State for International Development, Chief of Defence Staff and Communications Manager for the Prime Minister’s Office.
When considering their action plans pupils are encouraged to take into account international organisations such as the United Nations, ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations), the International Red Cross as well as UK military assets in the area.
The next stage involves pupils participating in a Press Conference either as politicians delivering their action plan to the media or as representatives from the media questioning the politicians.