What is Model United Nations?
Imagine for a minute that you are a delegate to the United Nations tasked with representing your country in a massive debate in the topic of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Sound intimidating? This scenario is just a small glimpse into the Model UN experience of several of our WCCS students. Located at Winthrop University, the Model United Nations hosted schools all over the area over the course of the three day event. Westminster students had the privilege of representing the countries of Pakistan, Somalia, and Indonesia and tackled such subjects as human rights, drug trafficking, terrorism, illegal immigration and territorial disputes (just to name a few). 11th grader, Luke Hancock, received the “Top Delegate Award” for his work on the African Union Committee. It was a great opportunity for students to debate policies and discuss issues that affect us all on the global level. Hear what some of our students had to say about the opportunity to problem solve some of the world’s most pressing issues in the simulated debates!
“Diplomacy can be slow and frustrating. [The work that goes on at the United Nations] is a great way to make sure disputes don’t turn in to war.” – 10th grader, Justin Kirk
“I never paid attention to the UN before. I didn’t know the veto powers of Russia and China, and how if they don’t want something to happen, it won’t happen. I learned that Indonesia has lots of human rights violations. Since I was on the Human Rights Committee and had to defend their practices as a country, it was eye opening to see the violations and a bit embarrassing.” – 11th grader, Seth Russo
“Diplomacy requires working together with lots of people. Model UN is a great hands-on experience to show us what social studies is really about.” – 10th grader, Parker Dhillon
Teacher and Model UN Sponsor, Deanne Regier, had this to say about the event: "I find simulation games/activities to be one of the best ways to communicate historic and political information to students. Students love to pretend they are something that they aren’t. The first day students are nervous and say they will never talk. By the second day, they are engaged and often leading their committees discussions. It is a true delight to sponsor this activity for WCCS for the past 17 years! What a blessing to watch students become global learners, engaging in the Kingdom of God!"