Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nease Hosts 100 Kids in Mock U.N. Meeting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nease Hosts 100 Kids in Mock U.N. Meeting

Article excerpt

Sitting behind a 6-inch replica of Brazil's flag, Jennifer

Hoffmann was intense as she frantically scribbled notes before

approaching the podium.

The high school junior was representing Brazil in a mock United

Nations conference Monday. She questioned the credibility of

United States delegates who voted to save rain forests, after a

U.S. military officer announced that American delegates possibly

contracted the Ebola virus while in Brazilian rain forests.

Hoffmann was one of 100 high school students who set out to

protect rain forests and women and children this weekend in a

model United Nations conference Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The delegates acted as diplomats from 40 countries who worked

together on foreign policy. Six students from Colombia made the

trip to Allen D. Nease High School, which sponsored the event.

The others were mostly from Nease, but included exchange

students from Germany, Bosnia, Ecuador, Spain and Egypt.

In committees of 10, delegates researched problems,

brainstormed solutions and wrote resolutions that were voted on.

The conference was organized through Nease's Latin American

Studies program to promote a hands-on learning approach

cross-cultural understanding for high school students.

To prepare for the conference, students researched their

assigned country using the Internet, libraries and the real

United Nations delegations in New York. They learned the

culture, history and political policies of their designated

country. They also familiarized themselves with global issues,

how the U.N. works and the issues for debate.

For this conference, students looked for ways to safeguard the

political, social and economic status of women and children

worldwide. …

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