Colorado Springs School to host African-themed Model U.N. in honor of Nelson Mandela

By Debbie Kelley Published: December 6, 2013 | 4:35 pm 0

This weekend, 200 students from around the state will congregate at the Colorado Springs School to debate how to deal with Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria and conflicts in the new South Sudan. Some will re-create the famous Berlin Conference, where European nations split up Africa. Others will discuss Africa's oil discoveries.

The African-themed Model United Nations competition, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, on the campus of the private pre-K-12 school, will be dedicated to Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday.

Students developed African-themed topics and simulations for the competition, which features students using United Nations-style decision-making regarding real situations in history.

Owen McLaughlin, a senior at CSS and secretary general of the school's Model UN team, said Mandela proved that "great injustices could be solved without violence through compromise, kindness and reconciliation. Few individuals have so perfectly embodied the peaceful, gentlemanly ideals of the United Nations,and he serves as a model for Africa and the world as a whole."

The club also will make a donation to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund to help build an African children's hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Visitors are invited to watch the simulations throughout the day. The competitions will be held in the Maytag Dining Halla and the Trianon building. The school is located at 21 Broadmoor Ave.

For more information, see the club's website at http://cssmun.weebly.com. Or follow the club on Twitter @CSSModelUN.

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