Model United Nations event for secondary school students

A group of globally-minded secondary school students will be participating in the annual Quinte and District Model United Nations event. It is a simulated United Nations Summit on the topic of Waging Peace. It will focus on how nations collectively work together to maintain international peace and security. Students will also investigate the means by which countries can—and hopefully do—develop and maintain friendly relations among all nations.

DATE: Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, 2010
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
GUEST SPEAKER: Christy Wagner, War Child (Thursday morning)

In the weeks preceding the summit, students choose a country to represent and act as that country’s delegate. They work together, and with the support of teachers, to do research, collect data, analyze causes, and become intimately familiar with their assigned country’s cultural, economic, and political attitudes toward peace.

At the summit students spend the first day sharing their research. Once all delegates have addressed the assembly, the challenging role-playing begins. Employing all their collaborative, persuasive and critical thinking skills, delegates negotiate alliances, develop resolutions, and create solutions to encourage peace throughout the world. Most of the second day is spent polishing, presenting, and debating the resolutions.

At the end of the two days, all participants come away with a broader understanding of the complexities of world issues. Another learning outcome is the critical understanding that solutions, though seldom simple or unilateral, are achievable and worth working toward.

Students from the following seven secondary school in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are participating, along with others from the region:

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • North Hastings High School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Quinte Secondary School

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Last updated: October 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm
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