Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Participating in a Model United Nations simulation, students at Coastal Montessori Charter School took on ambassadorial roles and did research to solve world problems.
Dr. Pamela Martin of Coastal Carolina University said this past spring, 45 of the school’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders worked with three CCU students — Dillon Ramsey, Kenneth Quaglia and Dominique DeWit — to learn about the United Nations and to negotiate international policies.
“Students also wrote one- to three-page country-position papers with original research,” said Martin, professor of Politics and International Relations. “The classes focused on Asian countries ... [and] topics included nuclear non-proliferation, developing sustainable energy, poverty reduction programs, universal primary education, malnutrition and situation in Iran.”
All this special training and work came together during a final half-day of Model UN presentations, on Saturday in Pawleys Island.
CMCS students negotiated and debated the various positions of nuclear weapons, child education and health and poverty reduction with a focus on Asian countries.
Committees of students met in classrooms at Waccamaw Middle School, which houses CMCS, to get ready for a final presentation before parents and friends in the auditorium just before noon.
“We’re taking information from people who are not here from their position papers,” Kirklyn Teems said. “We’re taking some solutions that might work and we’re making them into notes and we’ll go back later and make it into a resolution.”
Food and Agriculture delegates discussed malnutrition.
“Children under the age of five are dying everyday cause they’re not getting the nutrients and all that kind of stuff,” Eden Malinski said. “This is because their mother is either sick or malnourished. So we’re also trying to help out with breast milk supplements so they can keep the toddlers alive and try to help them.”
“I think that all countries should give their citizens peanut butter cups, vitamin packets and food plants,” Samantha Arnold said. “We also feel they need to supply power-enriched food. [Then] have a food truck to give them vitamin packets and other things that will help with their hunger. And we think we should give people jobs to give them money to buy the correct nutrition.”
General Assembly delegates discussed nuclear non-proliferation.
Speaking for India, Grayson Sossaman said the country believes it should not let Iran build nuclear weapons.
“We should put sanctions on them before Iran builds them,” said Sossaman. “If Iran builds weapons six nuclear weapons successfully and threatens other countries, it will start World War III.”
Another group of delegates discussed UNICEF and education.
“It is a fund that cares for kids in the world,” O’marian Grant said. “Education is a right everyone should have — black, white, big or small. We will get the money from UNICEF leadership funds to build schools — charter schools. If we do this the world will be happy and the world will become a better place.”
Environmental program delegates discussed sustainable energy.
“We talked about nuclear power and how we need solar power to help out and keep going,” said Meilani Nelson.
The goal of the day was to help CMCS students view the world through the eyes of a diplomat from another part of the world and to work toward solutions to the world’s most pressing problems — most of which directly impact children the ages of the CMCS students, Martin said.
“This activity reflects the Montessori vision of learning within a global and sustainable lens toward creating future leaders and productive citizens.”
For more information, go to www.CoastalMontessoriCharter.org.
By Lloyd Mackall
For Inlet Outlook