UNA-USA to Team Up with the Ron Clark Academy to Host Simulation of the United Nations

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Hundreds of middle school students gather in Atlanta for Global Classrooms Model UN conference

Hundreds of Atlanta area middle school students will attend the inaugural United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® Ron Clark Academy Model UN Conference at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center on Sat., Mar. 3. Students from more than a dozen southeastern schools will role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Students will discuss issues that impact the international community, such as the human rights of refugees, maternal health, and freshwater resources. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship, showing that students deeply care about the world outside their local community.

WHAT:    UNA-USA Global Classrooms Ron Clark Academy Model UN Conference

WHO:     The United Nations Association of the USA, Ron Clark Academy, and hundreds of middle school students from across the southeastern United States

WHEN:     Mar. 3, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:     Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center
250 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Media wishing to cover the event should contact Joseph Catapano at jcatapano(at)unausa(dot)org.

ABOUT UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org/.

ABOUT GLOBAL CLASSROOMS
Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit http://www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms/.

ABOUT RON CLARK ACADEMY
The Ron Clark Academy is a SACS/CASI accredited, highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Southeast Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. The school has received both national and international recognition for success in educating students and promoting academic rigor, passion, creativity, and increased student engagement in the classroom. Each year, thousands of educators participate in RCA’s educator training programs to learn how to replicate the school's style, philosophy and success in their own schools. To date, over 10,000 educators from around the world have participated in RCA's staff development programs. For more information, visit http://www.ronclarkacademy.com.

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