TROY to host Model United Nations March 5-6

Posted: Friday, 27 February 2009

TROY -- Middle school students from across southeast Alabama will learn about cultural diversity and international relations at the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations (SAMUN) at Troy University March 5-6.

SAMUN is designed to help students in grades six through eight gain an understanding of the United Nations, said Terry White, program development specialist at TROY’s Inservice Center. Area middle school students will represent 38 countries at the SAMUN assembly.

“While we are not able to do everything the way it is done in the U.N., our goal is for students to acquire a better understanding of other nations and a greater identity for all peoples of the world,” White said.

The model United Nations, which will include students from Troy, Ozark, Dothan, Coffee County, Henry County, Brewton, and Eufaula requires students to develop and present a resolution to a committee. If the resolution passes, students then present it to the general assembly. Students dress in the clothing of their representative country, prepare an introduction of the representative country’s native language and design a flag of the respective country.

During the assembly, a world crisis will also be presented to the students. The model Security Council will preside and the delegations divided into “block nations” while the students seek to find a solution to the crisis.

SAMUN allows students to practice public speaking, parliamentary procedure, research and writing skills while incorporating classroom studies of geography, history, world politics and current events, White said.

For more information call the Inservice Center at 334-670-3495.