United Nations Comes to Fremont

United Nations Comes to Fremont

Social justice came to Mandela once more.

On May 19, Mandela Law and Public Service Academy and Life Academy students had the chance to act like delegates following Mandela’s theme of social justice.

The event took place from 10 a.m. to noon in three Fremont Federation of High Schools rooms.

Students from Life Academy and Mandela High school represented 15 nations in a simulation of a United Nation Security Council debate to develop an international response to Climate Change.

Two Mandela teachers — Patricia Arabia, core academy teacher, and Ellen Salazar, academy director — organized the second annual Model United Nations Protocol for Mandela and Life Academy.

The goal was to pass a resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the negative impacts of climate change.

Students such as sophomore Audrina Hua were able to have discussions about ways to save the environment with other delegates.

“It’s very epic, exchanging information is pretty cool,” said Hua.

Students discussed what each country could do to keep the environment safe; pointing at the countries causing the most pollution and ways they could lower their pollution rate.

Students such as Carmen Rivera, representing Costa Rica, were able to finds ways to save the environment by making alliances with other countries.

“Our plan is to get allied with South Africa and Russia so we can solve for the overuse of coal,” said Rivera.

Mandela Academy sophomores prepared for the event through assignments in their core classes. Some projects included reading “Night” to learn about how the United Nations went after the holocaust perpetrators, writing petition papers for each country in order to learn more about the history of the countries, and climate change projects to get a perspective on the worlds environmental problems.

Students were also nervous, according to Annie Hatch, Life Academy Humanities teacher and facilitator for one of the sophomore classes.

“Amazing global international experience, despite the nervousness,” said Hatch.

Facilitators such as Veronica Garcia, CPAA site coordinator, acknowledge that the event was a huge success because it teaches students about the world.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity to teach students things about the world’s issues,” said Veronica Garcia, CPAA site coordinator, who volunteered as a facilitator.

Asano Fertig, one of the facilitators for the event, represented a Japan delegate in a model United Nations 46 years ago and volunteered to re-experience the event.

“It was really exciting to see students discuss international issues,” said Fertig, a WritersCoach Connection tutor who facilitated one of the sophomore classes.

Overall, students appreciate the knowledge they got from the event because it will have positive effects in the future.

“Important because we talk about initiatives that can lead to change which affects our kids,” said Dwight Hasklin, Mandela sophomore.