Keeping the Peace at the Junior Model United Nations Conference

Captain Chris Jurczynski (United States Marine Corps) from Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) participated the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) conference hosted by the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon. He provided a keynote address in the beginning of the conference.
May 7, 2013
Oeiras, Portugal - Captain Chris Jurczynski (United States Marine Corps) from Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) participated the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) conference hosted by the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon. He provided a keynote address in the beginning of the conference.

The Carlucci American International School of Lisbon (CAISL) annually holds a Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) Conference for middle school students from CAISL, and Lisbon-area English speaking schools. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing. In the past, personnel from NATO have been invited to provide a keynote speech to jump-start the conference of 250 students.

Capt Jurczynski said, "I was honored to have been given the opportunity to talk to all of these kids on behalf of SFN. The school was very welcoming, and I was impressed with the professionalism of the high schoolers who received me and showed me around their school. Although my specific topic was "security”, I only spoke to this topic briefly, and instead explained to the kids, aged 11 to 15, what NATO is from a big picture perspective. It was a very interactive talk, the kids asking me a lot of questions, mainly about my personal military experience. I was glad to have been able to do this, and it was good to see so many kids actively involved in a really educational program.”


 

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