The Calverton School's rapidly growing Model United Nations Club recently received guidance from one of the world's premier subject matter experts in the area as they prepared for their Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia. Reuben Brigety, former Ambassador to the African Union and the current Dean of the Eliot School of International Relations at George Washington University, came to speak with our students, offering tips about the country that they have been chosen to represent, Mozambique, and also how to effectively build strategic pan-African alliances such as those created within the African Union.
Dr. Brigety knows whereof he speaks, not only from his considerable experience in the State Department, but also from the Ph.D. that he earned at Cambridge University in England. The Ambassador mentioned that while there, he was quite impressed by the preparation of fellow students who had earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the same credential pursued by many Calverton graduates. How did he happen to visit Calverton? His roommate, while Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, Chuck Blocksidge, is a current Calverton parent (Charlie - Calverton Class of 2021 and Henry - Calverton Class of 2024) and Board Member, issued the invitation.
Among other pieces of information, Calverton students learned that Luanda, Angola is currently the most expensive city in the world, that the African continent is over three times the size of the United States, that Africa has a rotating group of three representatives on the UN Security Council and that Africa is the only nuclear-free continent.
Armed with this remarkable preparation courtesy of Ambassador Bridgety, our Calverton Delegation was eager to face the challenges of the recent Model UN competition in Philadelphia.
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