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Education is the focus of Model United Nations event

Educating secondary school students about world issues and giving them an opportunity to voice their opinions are at the heart of the 13th Annual Quinte Model United Nations (UN) Conference. The Quinte Model UN is a simulation of a real UN debate.

For the Quinte Model UN event, student delegates are assigned the role of a representative from an international state (country) and are required to research the state position, both on the specific topics that will be discussed and as a general overview of that state’s policies. At the conference, each delegate will role play to debate issues on the agenda for discussion, draft and discuss resolutions, caucus with other delegates, and work to solve problems facing the world.

The topic for this year’s event is education. Student delegates will come prepared to debate the following worldwide education issues as outlined in the preparation booklet: For many of the wealthier, developed countries in the world, education issues often centre around preparing children and adults for a changing workplace and a changing world. For many of the poorest of the developing countries, raising literacy rates, making school accessible to all and reduction of school fees are dominant issues and concerns. Reforms and changes in education thus are truly global and are critical to the success in tackling many of the other big global issues.

Students from all eight Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board secondary schools are participating, as well as representatives from Albert College, Nicholson Catholic College and Quinte Christian School.

Dates: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 2009
Location: Moira Secondary School, Farley Avenue, Belleville
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]