Waldorf Students Represent Nigeria at National High School Model United Nations Conference
16 students in the High School Model UN Club at the Waldorf School of Garden City recently attended the annual National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in New York City.
The four-day conference was a simulation of international diplomacy with the specific mandate of educating high school delegates from across the globe about real-world solutions to some of the most eminent crises that threaten the political stability of the increasingly-globalized society.
The conference hosted over 3,000 participants from 168 schools and nearly 20 countries and took place in both the Hilton New York Hotel on Sixth Avenue and the United Nations International Headquarters along Manhattan’s East Side. The conference provides a well-organized and intellectually stimulating experience for high school students.
This year, our school represented Nigeria on numerous committees,” said high school English teacher Mrs. Deirdre Somers – who substituted for Mrs. Emmie Yaeger, Waldorf’s high school history teacher and regular Model UN advisor. (Mrs. Yaeger is currently on maternity leave.)
Each year, Waldorf students take a larger role in drafting proposals and steering the debate in their committees.
Said Sam Resnick, a sophomore, “We worked with other countries to create an amendment for a loan proposal for Niger. As delegates representing Nigeria, we proposed an amendment for increased security measures to prevent the high-jacking of uranium and I am proud to say that – in accordance with Nigeria’s policies – this amendment was passed!” Resnick’s classmate and fellow delegate, Axel Epie Nzima commented, “As an exercise in public speaking, I felt we learned a great deal – improving our abilities at taking charge of a conversation."
Participating in Model UN allows students to deepen their understanding of global issues and to see the world through the eyes of the international community.