TROY - Nearly 200 middle school students will tackle global issues and gain insight into the history and culture of other nations March 5-6 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, 34 delegations from Brewton City, Dothan City, Ozark City, Troy City school systems, and Houston Academy from the Alabama Association of Independent Schools 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 5, 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 Presentation during which students view a presentation on the issue of global hunger.
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 6.
Schools participating in this year's assembly are: