That includes multiple interpretations of the word, he noted, including people fighting for change, as well as the introduction of new and innovative concepts.
“Each committee has two topics that all the delegates arriving know in advance ... and this year, as a revolutionary measure, we thought we would try to throw a curve ball at these committees, so we’re going to introduce something that they did not prepare for and see how they think on their feet,” said Borrie, an NCCS alum who participated in the program himself as a student.
‘CAN’T WORK ALONE’
The event, Driscoll noted, teaches students the art of working together to find solutions to the world’s problems and exposes them to new and different ideas.
“The way this is structured is great because one kid can’t do anything,” he said. “They have to work with others, and they have to form coalitions.”
“It allows them to get to know people outside of their own personal community,” added Willsboro Central School Model U.N. adviser Keith Stone, who brought nine students to the conference.
In addition, participants gain experience speaking up and being heard in a large group of people, which, Cech noted, “helps them become more well-rounded.”
“I’m a little bit more on the shy side, so doing this really gives you the experience to go up in front of people,” said NCCS eighth-grader Rylee Pinsonneault, who represented Fiji in the debate on electronic-waste disposal.
When the program began 37 years ago, Borrie noted, it was not only an opportunity for participants to simulate the United Nations and gain life skills but also for teachers, students and volunteers from multiple districts to come together as a community.
“We’re very proud of that, and that still continues to be the tradition,” he said.
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