EUGENE, Ore. — Future international leaders are in Eugene tackling global issues.
They are students part of Eugene’s International High School through the 4J School District.
Each year, sophomores from three different schools each receive a country to research and represent, complete with traditional attire. Then they simulate a United Nations summit and vote on controversial world issues.
“Discussions are more heated at my house because now my mom and I can have actually discussions about Israel-Palestine or land mines or genocide,” said student Eva Arias.
“What they learn the most about is interacting with other people, how they negotiated, how they built relationships with people representing different interests,” said teacher Wade Powell.
Organizers say many of their former students now actually work in the U.N.