Monday, October 25, 2010

United Nations Day for Students

Yesterday, October 24, was United Nations Day. If your tween is doing Trick or Treat for UNICEF or has purchased that cool FEED Trick or Treat bag we wrote about earlier, she or he may also be interested in learning more about U.N. Day. (BTW, tween star Selena Gomez is a current UNICEF Ambassador - the youngest ever)

U.N. Day marks the date the UN was created in 1945. According to the current U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, "UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals." Pretty cool stuff.

Tweens can read more about United Nations Day on their website with a special section for students here.

In our tweens' middle school, they've just started Model U.N., and that's been really exciting in our house. Model U.N. is a debate program offered by many schools in which students step into the shoes of ambassadors from U.N. member states to debate current issues. It's an amazing program to help tweens grow into themselves as researchers, as advocates, and as public speakers in a safe, age-appropriate way.

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