SAS Students Win Best Delegates at Model UN
Miami, March 5, 2012 - School for Advanced Studies (SAS) students Regina Monge and Patricio Ziliani were recognized this month as the "Best Delegates for the General Assembly" at the 2012 Global Classrooms Miami 2012 held at Miami Dade College North Campus. The competition is a part of the Model United Nations program.
SAS Advanced Placement Social Studies teacher and Model UN Club sponsor Dr. Derrick Johnson accompanied the students to the competition and Patricio said that he and his partner Regina were able to apply many of the concepts learned in AP Economics to the topic of "Micro credit Financing and How it Relates to the Middle East" that they debated in the General Assembly.
The issue became quite controversial since women in the Middle East are usually the prime beneficiaries of micro credit financing. With this financing comes new found power and influence for women. Religious and social norms in some countries have traditionally reserved those roles for only the men in those societies and this is what makes the program controversial.
Global Classrooms is considered an exceptional tool for engaging students in subject areas like history, geography, social studies, international relations, government, and even science. Global Classrooms also teaches vital skills such as debate, research, writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, and negotiation.
Dr. Johnson said that "SAS has a long tradition of involvement in the Model UN conferences and SAS has always excelled at those competitions. Patricio Ziliani And Regina Monge are continuing that tradition of excellence through their participation in the 2012 Global Classrooms competition".