College of Education releases free Model UN curriculum for middle grades conference

(Above: Students from the 2014 session represent Romania at Model UN at Augusta University)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Students from local middle schools will engage in world politics as they attend the second annual middle school Model United Nations Conference on Wednesday, March 16, at Augusta University.

Students step into shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of issues on the UN agenda. Each team will take the stance of a member state and represent their issues at a mock global conference.

And the College of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, wrote the first ever full edition of the Middle School Model United Nations curriculum.

“The curriculum includes multiple types of learning and teaching approaches and it challenges the students to think critically about the problems a specific country faces,” said Dr. Juan Walker, professor of education. “It integrates history, political science, communications, ethics and diplomacy – and even the sciences to address things like environmental challenges and resource allotment.”

Edited by Walker, Dr. Stacie Pettit and Dr. Laura Rychly, professors of education, and by Dr. Craig Albert, professor of political science, this curriculum was drafted by graduate students in order to help middle school teachers prepare for Augusta University’s specific Junior Model United Nations.

Topics this year will include “Addressing the Situation of Child Soldiers” and “The Right to Privacy in a Digital Age.”

“Being given a voice at this age in global matters gives them a better understanding of the challenges they will face in the future. It prepares them to examine and to participate in the world around them. And it can give them a new perspective on their everyday lives,” Walker said.

Participation has grown over time and is expected to grow from the 110 students registered this year as more middle schools implement this program – and as Augusta University expands its curriculum outreach.

“We are collecting data and will use this to improve and expand on a model for other universities and communities to follow,” Walker said.

The conference will take place from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jaguar Student Activities Center at the Summerville Campus.

Augusta University also fields a collegiate level Model UN team that has participated in the national conference.

For more information on the Junior Model UN at Augusta University, click here: http://www.augusta.edu/colleges/pamplin/pols/nmun.php

For more information on Model UN, click here: http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un

 

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