Global Classrooms: Beirut Model UN Conference
Global Classrooms: Beirut operates in partnership with Lebanese American University and in concert with local program sponsor, the Bank of Beirut and the Arab Countries (BBAC). Our partners implement Global Classrooms resources in a year-long program that teaches Model UN skills such as research, writing, public speaking and debate. Students from schools in the region participate, with over 1,000 students attending our annual Global Classrooms conferences. In previous years, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal joined our ranks of local supporters through the Al Walid Foundation. Each year, students from Beirut travel to New York in May to participate in the GCIMUN Conference at UN Headquarters. Global Classrooms: Beirut took place March 2-3 (middle school) and April 6-7 (high school).
Visit the GC: Beirut / LAUMUN homepage
Quick Facts about the Global Classrooms Program
- Established in 2005;
- The Lebanese American University (LAU) has worked with UNA-USA to implement the program locally;
- University students from the Lebanese American University have volunteered annually to serve as members of the Model UN conference staff.
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