TROY - Nearly 200 middle school students from southeast Alabama schools are tackling global issues and gaining insight into other cultures as they take part in the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations Assembly at Troy University today and Friday.
During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University, 31 delegations from Brewton City, Coffee County, Dothan City, Ozark City and Troy City school systems will dress in costumes native to the country they represent and meet together to debate issues and pass resolutions.
"This event provides students with a new awareness of the world and international affairs," said Terry White, program development specialist for the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University. "Model United Nations can help students build self confidence and provides them an opportunity to learn by doing."
In addition to committee meetings and general assemblies, during which resolutions developed by delegations are presented and debated, the first day of the event featured a World Hunger Meal, during which students viewed a presentation on the issue of global hunger and had a meal of bread and water.
On Friday, students will be presented with a "world crisis" scenario and be divided into Bloc Nations to develop solutions to the crisis situation. Finally, the UN Security Council will meet to vote on proposed solutions to the world crisis.
The event will conclude with an awards presentation and closing ceremonies beginning at 1:20 p.m. on Friday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.