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WVHS students tour United Nations headquarters

on May 23, 2017

HS students tour the UNOn Thursday, May 18, thirty members of the Warwick Valley High School Student Senate, Leadership Academy, and Model UN Club toured the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

While being led through the complex by tour guides from Japan and Jordan, Warwick students saw the General Assembly meeting room and many cultural artifacts given to the UN from member nations.

HS students tour the UNThe tour elaborated on the work of the United Nations since its inception after World War II, such as authoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and developing UNICEF, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.

Students learned about the seventeen sustainable development goals of the UN, adopted in September 2015, focusing on people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership around the globe. For more about the sustainable development goals, see:
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

This trip embodied 21st century skills which are supported by the WVHS Social Studies Curriculum, including the importance of understanding other cultures, proficiency in a foreign language, valuing diversity and respect of others, thinking critically and creatively, having an awareness of current events and their connection to the past, building coalitions, and collaborating to solve problems.

These 30 students are representative of the many Warwick students who will play leadership roles in determining how our society will realize the goals of the UN in the future.

Student Ikonii Chiabi played a significant role in coordinating the logistics of this trip. Accompanying students to New York city were high school Social Studies Department Chair, Brian Nelson and Social Studies department member, Holly Marcolina. Gene Burns serves as the advisor of the Student Senate, Leadership Academy and Model UN.

View a photo album on the District’s public Facebook page!

 

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