Brazil students take course simulating how UN operates

UN simulation models were created over over 40 years ago

Published in 07/12/2018 - 18:43 By Lucas Scatolini* - São Paulo

Approximately 40 high-school students concluded a learning project that simulated how the United Nations (UN) operates at São Paulo’s Ministro Costa Manso State School this Friday (Dec. 7). The course was offered by the state government in collaboration with Brazil’s Office of Representations, linked to the Foreign Ministry.

The classes were taught by trainees from the office, who were supervised by diplomats, and provided basic knowledge about the ways the UN works, as well as the diplomatic ties between its country members. The goal was to encourage students to think about complex topics on the international agenda and join debates on conflict resolution.

The UN simulation models was created at Harvard University over 40 years ago and was replicated worldwide. In Brazil, simulations are carried out in a number of universities, International Relations departments, and private high schools.

In 2019, the Office of Representations will expand the project to ten high schools in São Paulo state.

*Trainee under the supervision of Alekssander Soares

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Davi Oliveira / Mariana Branco

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