The Colorado Springs School to Host African-Themed Model UN Competition

January 12, 2016

The Colorado Springs School will be hosting its 5th Model United Nations conference, inviting schools from the Colorado MUN division, along with participants from New Mexico and Wyoming, to attend. Thirteen student delegates from Turkey will also be attending, making this an international conference that is sure to broaden the horizons of all involved. This will also be the largest regionally hosted MUN event of the 2015-2016 academic year with more than 200 students from 20 schools participating. The conference will be held in the evening on January 22, 2016, and all day January 23, 2016 at The Colorado Springs School campus.

Coach David Benson is excited about participating in this conference. “Model United Nations is one of the fastest growing activities in schools,” he says, adding that students who participate are learning how to become better global citizens. “Debate, diplomacy, and the courage to tackle real-world problems are all skills that these conferences teach.”

Colorado Springs School delegates have written background guides for their respective councils. This year will include a mix of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and future councils focused on African themes and events, including:

  • Encounter at UnGungunlovu: Aftermath of Shaka Zulu’s conquests in South Africa.
  • A Security Council focused on the crises in the Central African Republic and Somalia.
  • An advanced historic Security Council centered on the Biafra War.
  • A future oil crisis in which Africa is the last continent with this precious resource.

While there are six conferences a year in the Colorado MUN league, the African theme is a special tradition at The Colorado Springs School. It emerges from their relationship with their sister school in Fongo Tongo, Cameroun. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit their sister school.

Elena M. ’16 is the Secretary-General for the Colorado Springs School chapter. “I have made so many friendships from Model UN,” she says, adding “it’s a great way to gain a global perspective and improve your speaking and debate skills.”

Visitors are welcome to come and watch the simulations throughout the day. Media may come to campus at 21 Broadmoor Avenue to cover the event. Simulations will be held across campus.

For more information about Model United Nations at The Colorado Springs School, follow @CSSModelUN on Twitter or visit the club’s website at http://cssmun.weebly.com.