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Students widen global perspectives
Brunswick High School sophomore Faith Jackson has the weight of the world on her - or at least the weight of its most-populous nation.

Faith and nearly 300 other middle and high school students have participated the past two days in the Model United Nations General Assembly at College of Coastal Georgia

Her task as a delegate representing Syria was a speech on a crisis developing in China.

"I'm really interested in political science. I love that students have a chance to get to see what's going on in the world," she said. "It's nice for students to see what else is going on in the world and not just America."

That outlook is exactly what Tony Wege, political science professor at the college who is coordinator of the program in which students assume the roles of U.N. delegates to research and debate global issues, wants to see.

"The biggest gain (for the students) is knowledge about whatever country they're representing, and the ability to see the world through the eyes of another, as opposed to seeing the world through the eyes of an American," he said.

The program also gives students a perspective on global issues.

Mattie Colquitte, a Glynn Middle School sixth-grader, says she has learned a lot about foreign relations by assuming the role of a delegate from Thailand.

"It's fun, and you get to work with your friends, and you get to learn about other countries," she said. "I've learned that Thailand is an ally with America."

While rules for the mock assembly were simplified for middle and high school students from the real thing, delegates who spoke from the podium to the assembly were expected to speak clearly and with a vocabulary beyond what their ages might suggest, Wege said.

Along with participating in a bit of the world in action, students were also competing against each other in how accurately their portrayals reflected the positions of their assigned nations. That required them to research a nation's form of government and the needs of the nation.

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