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CIT Year 12 students meet with the UN

Published: 09 Jul 2020

Ben Brown

As part of their Global Studies unit, nine Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Year 12 students met with representatives from the United Nations (UN). The remarkable opportunity gave students valuable insights into the UN's inner workings

This is the second year the UN has delivered a presentation to CIT Year 12 students. This year, the meeting was held online, due to COVID-19.

CIT Year 12 Global Studies Teacher Ben Brown said the students had a lot of questions for the presenters on UN structure and regulations, gender equality, issues in specific countries, and the response to COVID-19.

Ben organised the meeting to expose students to the real life work that comes from studying these topics. "I hoped they would learn three things: how to reach out for support on substantial topics; the scope and depth of influence the UN has on an international, national, local and personal level; and how content taught at CIT relates to the real world."

Students found the meeting useful and informative. Sam Burn, a Year 12 History, Global Studies and English student, said the UN meeting was a great way to learn. "The insight from someone who is a part of the global turning cogs was much valued and was especially appreciated during the pandemic."

Another History, Global Studies and English student Samuel Burns said, "I found the public speaking part of the UN presentation to help build my confidence. The general course information was also extremely helpful to my History class."

"I have learnt a lot about political theory and the geopolitics of certain countries from both Global Studies and History. Global Studies helps unpack what things mean in relation to the country politics we learn in History," Sam said.