Pupils from six Rotherham schools discussed the future of Afghanistan at a model United Nations conference run by a national charity.
Students from Brinsworth, Clifton, Newman, St Pius X, Wingfield and Winterhill schools worked together to debate the issues.
Working with young people from other schools, in groups of two or three, the students were assigned a country and took on the role of delegates to the UN.
The youngsters needed to fully research the country they were representing, often having to argue views that were not necessarily their own.
Topics discussed included Afghan independence, terrorism, the Taliban, human rights, free elections, the refugee crisis, future provision of NATO troops and the narcotics trade.