The International and Strategic Affairs Council (ISAC) was founded in 2008 under the Talent Development Programme (TDP) as a Dunman High Senior High Co-Curriculum Activity to enable students to explore international and strategic issues. ISAC aims to unearth and develop the leadership potential and aspirations of all members so that they can become agents of change within their society and beyond. Members are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and take on leadership roles, and through the challenges they face, learn and grow as leaders who possess both the values and competencies for success in the 21st century. With a strong focus on National Education themes, ISAC also aspires to imbue in a members love and respect for Singapore.
To achieve this, ISAC provides a platform for students to participate in Model United Nations (MUN) Conferences where they are exposed to global and regional issues, and taught to think strategically and speak confidently. Weekly training sessions are also held for members to equip themselves with MUN skills and broaden their horizons through activities such as General Knowledge Quizzes and Debates. ISAC has done Dunman High School proud, picking up awards at both foreign MUNs, such as the Bangalore Model United Nations and local MUNs, such as NTUMUN.
The Dunman High ASEAN Plus (DHAP) Summit is the flagship event of ISAC, where like-minded aspiring students from local and foreign schools alike participate to exchange world views. Participants are given to opportunity to engage in intellectually-stimulating debates on pertinent issues that revolve around ASEAN, and are challenged to come up with real-life solutions to crises faced in the region, developing their analytical and communication skills in the process. Such exchanges also allow them to encounter diverse viewpoints and values which would encourage them to reflect on their own and develop, in the process, their ethical reasoning abilities.
The summit is now into its fifth year, and has been growing from strength to strength ever since its inception in 2008. DHAP has been graced by many eminent dignitaries, such as Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Rodolfo Severino, Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and former Secretary-General of ASEAN (1998-2002), and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, former Secretary-General of ASEAN (2003-2007). Organised by ISAC members every year, DHAP provides a key platform for ISAC members to develop their leadership potential, as it develops in them essential 21st century skills by challenging them to think critically, to work effectively in teams and to lead. In 2011, over 150 participants from seven countries participated in the Summit. Registration for DHAP 2012 is now open and will close on 28 March 2012.
The link to the DHAP website can be found below:
Dunman High ASEAN Plus (DHAP) Summit