Students debate global issues

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Erik Kwalski, Mitchell MacDonald and Diana McLean debate a resolution in a roundtable discussion during North Nova Education Centre’s Model UN. AMY MACKENZIE – THE NEWS

NEW GLASGOW – Students at North Nova Education Centre got a taste of the diplomatic life Wednesday at the school’s Model United Nations. Students represented different nations of the UN and debated global issues through a general assembly and smaller roundtable discussions.

The school’s auditorium was transformed to resemble the United Nations with each country set up at a table and runners collecting votes from the countries. Students spoke in front of the general assembly about their country’s position on issues such as global health care.

The Grade 12 students in law, global history and global geography took part in the daylong event. It was a class requirement for the students to participate.

This is the second year the school has put on the event for the students and  

Denise Graham, who teaches Grade 12 law, said the day was going well and it also went over well the year before when they tried it out for the first time.

“It went over remarkably well last year, the students seemed to enjoy the full day,” she said. “It teaches them public speaking in front of their peers and with their peers. It’s wonderful opportunity for them to interact with their peers.

Graham said having the students address the general assembly also gives them a chance to improve their communication skills.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for the kids to practise their communication skills to make themselves clearly understood,” she said.

Student Rebecca Lie said she enjoyed debating global issues with her classmates and learning how different countries interact in the UN.

“It’s been really good so far,” she said. “We’re learning how the general assembly actually does things. It’s pretty accurate. The model is pretty good.”

 Graham said in addition to learning how the general assembly works, students had the chance to debate global issues in smaller roundtable discussions as well.

 “There are other sessions taking place throughout the building and they’re discussing various resolutions in smaller settings,” she said.

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