On 12 April, the SCO Headquarters in Beijing hosted the SCO Model annual interactive cognitive game that involved high school students from the SCO member-states, who are enrolled in the Russian embassy school.
It took them two hours to model a meeting of the SCO National Coordinators Council, discuss cooperation between SCO member-states in ensuring peace and sustainable development in the region, and formulate proposals for further multilateral cooperation.
"We have witnessed a lively and interesting discussion between young diplomats, who played the role of National Coordinators. It is gratifying that they have dedicated the event to the 15th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 10th anniversary of the Treaty of Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation between the SCO Member States," SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov said. "The future diplomats showed much zeal, high responsibility and profound knowledge. As proverbial wisdom has it, ‘Powerful is he who has mastered knowledge.' The students have coped brilliantly. We are proud of the ‘SCO generation,'" he added.
Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China Andrei Denisov said, "The SCO is one of the most vigorous and fast growing branches of multilateral diplomacy. The situational and role games such as SCO Model enable children to develop skills that help them react to changes in various situations," he said.
The second SCO Model interactive game showed that the rising generation was increasingly interested in the SCO activities aimed at strengthening mutual trust, friendship and good-neighbourliness between countries in the region and ensuring prosperity of SCO member states.
Asel Kadyrova of Kazakhstan, who presided over the game, said: "During the preparations, we learned much of what was new and interesting about the SCO. But the most important thing is that we had an opportunity to feel like real grown-up diplomats. As representatives of SCO countries, we proposed new ideas and projects and learned how to defend our views, something that was very interesting and enlightening for everyone."
Alexei Shin of the Russian Federation said: "For me, like for all other participants, this was an invaluable experience. I am happy that the game is played on a regular basis. This means that a growing number of my peers will learn about the SCO and diplomacy and possibly will embark on this responsible and highly important career."
SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and Ambassador Andrei Denisov awarded certificates and valuable gifts to the pupils.
The first SCO Model interactive game was played at the SCO Headquarters in Beijing on 22 April 2016. The main players were high school students from the SCO member-states who are enrolled in the general secondary school of the Russian Federation Embassy in the People's Republic of China.