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Grade 8 Fifth Annual MUN Conference on Human Rights and Immigration Issues

7 June 2018


For the fifth year in a row, the English Department proudly continues to design a performance task whereby grade 8 students take roles of diplomats in the United Nations, striving to find resolutions to certain critical issues such as immigration and the refugees. As a significant part of their English Language and Social Studies syllabi and a culmination of the acquired learning outcomes of this grade level, eighth graders have had to undergo the inquiry cycle starting from inquiring about their task, investigating the designate country through collecting data about its various political, geographical, historical and social aspects, discussing the position of the country toward the issue of immigration and suggesting resolutions to these issues. Students have been trained by four Grade 11 dedicated chairpersons who not only advised students on how to write and deliver speeches, be involved in debates, form blocs and allies, and find resolutions, but also run the two-day conference held on Saturday- Sunday, May 12-13, 2018. Special thanks are bestowed to the chairpersons, Ghida Khalifeh, Maya Lutfi, Dima Hijazi and Ali Zaatari, for all the unrelenting efforts they have exerted over three months. During that phase, students have had to surf the net and visit the library regularly to choose resources about the suggested country’s position towards the issue, and think critically about the gathered information, thus learning to highlight the importance of Academic Honesty. In addition, the learners foster their research skills to find reliable sources that have enabled them to defend their claims and deepen their information literacy in a way that would help develop their higher order thinking and learn to respect others’ perspectives. The students’ affective skills are enhanced as well since they have learned to manage their state of mind and self-motivation. They have also mastered the skill of working cooperatively as they have to collaborate to produce exquisite artistic handicrafts that would reflect the heritage of the designated nations in the Global Village. What is different and remarkable this year is the involvement of Ms. Nagham Abou Ali as the major trainer that has led the chairpersons towards success. Her collaboration was an asset to the department and students who were enthusiastically working to shine on the day of the conference. In addition, Grade 8 teachers, Hiba Kanbar, Ghenwa Jardaly, Hiba El-Tayeh and Mustapha Harb, were actively working hand in hand to turn that performance task into a masterpiece! Towards the end, feelings of excitement and pleasure overwhelmed the students and their respectful audience during the closing ceremony that witnessed speeches conducted by a nominated delegate and the chairpersons members in addition to the marvelous artistic shows and the distribution of awards and certificates to the delegates! As a final note, special thanks have to be bestowed to the PRESS team from High School headed by Abdulkareem Maatouk and Hala Ghaddar, who snapped these marvelous pictures & shot the video posted on the website, in addition to the group of devoted admins and ushers from 9/10 IP that gave a helping hand in organizing this conference over two long days. Since this conference engraves an indelible mark in the minds and souls of our young learners and organizers, it has become a ritual to be recurred in years to come.


Nimat Dandashly_ English Language Teacher and Coordinator/ Writing Center Director/ IBDP Language and Literature Instructor