After more than one year of planning and preparation, ten EighthGrade students attended the Global Classrooms International Middle School Model United Nations Conference in New York City from March 28 to March 30.
This group of highly motivated students not only founded the Model UN Club at Calvert but were instrumental in creating the club’s curriculum and establishing a culture of enrichment related to international studies. The Calvert School delegation was assigned the country of Pakistan for the conference. The students had to become experts on Pakistani law, customs, treaties, and alliances. The students were then assigned a particular committee in which to represent Pakistan. The committees included women’s rights, chemical weapons, fraudulent medicine, food and agriculture, and criminal justice. There were over 2,000 students from 94 schools in 12 countries on 5 continents at the conference.
The students followed U.N. parliamentary procedures to form blocs and caucuses in an effort to create a resolution that each committee could introduce to the General Assembly. One of the twelve committee resolutions introduced was authored by the Calvert School members of that particular committee. Another Calvert delegation was awarded Honorable Mention for their outstanding work on their committee. The conference was a huge success and the students were immensely proud of their accomplishment.
In addition to the conference, the students enjoyed staying in Manhattan. They enjoyed delicious meals in Midtown Manhattan and even sawWickedon Broadway! The students have set an amazing precedent for future students to represent Calvert at the annual Model UN Conference.