By Ethan Kibbe, ’18
St. Bonaventure University will host a Model United Nations conference for high school students on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21.
The event begins with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. on Friday and concludes with closing ceremonies at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The conference is sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Model United Nations club.
According to Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, the club’s adviser, St. Bonaventure students organize and run the high school conference. More than 160 students from more than 14 schools will participate.
Prior to the conference, participants form delegations with two members, and each delegation is placed into one of six different committees. Each committee simulates a real committee within the United Nations. In these committees, students will represent their chosen country as they discuss, debate and attempt to resolve issues related to drugs and crime, the status of women, world health and international security.
The Model United Nations conference helps high school students to understand how the United Nations executes business. Students learn other valuable skills, too.
“They learn how to negotiate, compromise, cooperate, compete, organize, write a draft resolution and vote,” Zabad said. “This is learning by doing. They don’t listen to lectures or read texts. Students simply act their roles.”
At the conference’s conclusion, awards will be presented to the delegations that are deemed worthy. Any team that scores highly on a standardized scoring sheet will be granted an award. The school that wins the most individual awards will also be given the first-place award. Second- and third-place schools will also be recognized with awards.
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