Our eighth grade students have been researching and learning about the United Nations since last fall. They have developed critical thinking, communication, and most importantly, conflict resolution skills throughout the year. On May 2nd, the students went to Northeastern Conference to participate in the Global Classrooms: Chicago Model United Nations Conference, sponsored by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.
In order to attend, students researched global issues and their countries to write papers regarding their country’s position toward the issue.They learned about the arms trade treaty and the General Assembly, how UNICEF works with countries on the issue of child protection, and how the World Health Organization increases access to healthcare.
Our eighth graders stepped into the roles of ambassadors representing countries such as Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Germany, Norway, and Brazil. They did an excellent job of representing our school by carrying themselves well during debates and unmoderated caucuses. Our delegates from China and Saudi Arabia, Aaron I., Fernando D., Cayen M., and Sebastian G. wrote and negotiated with other countries to pass resolutions. Kyla K., Brianna M., Max E., Adam W., Keyaria P., and Emila F. won honorable mentions for their papers and delegate conduct.