Fourteen Colchester High School students in Mr. Price’s International Politics/UN Class journeyed to the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus to participate in the Maine Model United Nations Conference 2011 May 17–19.
The Model UN at the University of Southern Maine is the largest of its kind in New England, supporting approximately six hundred students from a number of different schools. The event is developed and organized by International Studies scholars at the University of Southern Maine as part of their final projects. Colchester High School has participated in Model UN for the past eight years.
After registering for the conference, the students received their assigned countries, including Colombia, Cameroon, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates. CHS also had a seat in the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Forum representing Greenpeace. Preparing for all aspects of the event required a great deal of work; students researched not only the current issues of their assigned countries but also those countries’ positions on those issues. They also learned conflict resolution skills, debating rules and procedures, how to write resolutions, how to write position papers, proper parliamentary procedure, and much more. At the conference, delegates were divided up and dispersed into different committees across the campus representing their assigned countries’ interests and debating relevant issues.
As an interesting side note, in an effort to promote ecological sustainability, the University of Southern Maine powered the conference—including the electricity required for the dorms, dining facilities, and meeting spaces—with wind power generated on a Maine farm. They also purchased energy credits in order to offset the carbon used by students traveling to attend the conference.
For more information about CHS’s involvement in Model UN, please contact Jim Price at (802) 264-5700 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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