By Matt LaMotte, originally published at BlueRidgeLeader.com.
Middleburg Academy launched its first Model UN Club program this fall. The group plans to participate in Model UN competitions hosted by colleges and universities like Georgetown and the University of Virginia. After several preparatory meetings with Faculty Advisor, Matt LaMotte, and Student Assistant, Saki Vellanki, 15 students travelled to the Pan American Health Organization building near George Washington University and attended a Model UN Training Conference. Hosted by the United Nation’s Global Classrooms organization, the students were immersed in a day-long series of discussions, debates, caucuses, and speeches, culminating in a resolution recommending adoption of a global vaccination program. Ranging from 8th graders to juniors, the students came away with a much clearer idea about what the UN does and how the UN works Vis a’ Vis parliamentary procedures, negotiations, and international relations.
The team came home with a “Global Classrooms DC Distinguished Global Education” Certificate. Plans are to attend a full-blown, high school level Model UN conference in the spring.