LFAS Teachers support Students at Canadian UN Conference

March 14, 2013

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LFAS students, Beryl Liu, Claire Wu, and Joanna Lee asked Social Studies and English teacher, Mr. David Ames and Humanities and Dance teacher, Ms. Jill Steacy to sponsor them at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver for the student led Canadian Future Model United Nations 2013 weekend conference that took place March 9-10.

Approximately 400 Lower Mainland students and their sponsor/chaperone teachers gathered downtown where students and  teachers  joined together to experience an illuminating opportunity.

Model United Nations is an amalgamation of the intricacies of the diverse groups of the UN and other global teams. During the conference, students choose a country to represent and operate as ambassadors in diplomatic discourse for the purpose of creating resolutions. These resolutions include ideas for attainable goals for rectifying worldwide issues.

This particular conference hosted ten groups, all with differing subject focuses. LFAS students chose to engage in “Disarmament and International Security Council” with the topics of ‘Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East” and “Child Soldiers.”

Students were required to research their topics prior to the conference and come ready to discuss, engage, defend opinions, and contribute actively with the end goal of achievable resolutions. All discussions were broken into ten minute blocks, attributing one minute per person to speak. Unlike a debate, where there may or may not be time to respond to comments, the main goal was to hear everyone speak.

Ames, who spent the weekend in Downtown Vancouver with his family to support the students, deemed the experience “a great means to grapple with multi-faceted issues.”

The UN weekend gave students and teachers a powerful opportunity to practice engaging in real world issues.

Mikayla Bay, Guest Reporter
Photographs by David Ames and Jill Steacy

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