United Nations Day
(October 24, 2013)
"More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations."
(Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.")
In recognition of United Nations Day last week, Homeschoolers in Talking Stick Learning Center's Global Studies class learned about the formation and mission of the United Nations through role-playing, games, and conversation.
After discussing the League of Nations, the death toll of World War II, and the formation of the United Nations, the group broke into two teams and enacted through charades, 16 UN Treaty topics. We discussed which of them the U.S. had ratified and the Constitutional argument against ratification of international treaties.
We then came together to role play a negotiation in which everyone was a member country of the Security Council. For our negotiation, each member of the Security Council had one vote, and decisions of the Security Council had to be made by an affirmative 2/3 vote, including the concurring votes of the permanent members.
We reached a group resolution on three topics:
- Should we wear costumes next Thursday, on Halloween?
- Should items from home be allowed to be used during free time?
- Can participants share food with one another?
The group was effective, polite, and inclusive of everyone's ideas and concerns. One participant even took it upon himself to commit the resolution to writing and get signatures. It was wonderful to see them work together to find solutions to topics that have been the root of internal group strife the last few weeks. Onward to a more peaceful world!