Troy University to host middle school students for Model United Nations assembly

Posted: Wednesday, 16 February 2011

TROY—Nearly 200 middle school students will tackle global issues and gain insight into the history and culture of other nations March 3-4 as they gather at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations (SAMUN) Assembly.

During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University, 28 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 Model United Nations 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. During this assembly, they will have the opportunity to develop consensus-building, research and communications skills.”

The opening assembly will begin at 8:30 a.m., March 3, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Students will spend the remainder of the event’s first day in committee meetings and general assembly, during which proposed resolutions will be presented and debated.

The first day of activities will draw to a close with a World Hunger Meal during which students view a presentation on the issue of global hunger and have a meal of bread and water.

During the second day of the assembly, 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 March 4.

Schools participating in this year’s assembly are: Brewton Middle School
New Brockton Elementary School
Girard Middle School of Dothan
Carver Magnet School of Dothan
D.A. Middle School of Ozark, and
Charles Henderson Middle School of Troy.