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27 August 2019
Ready for A New School Year After A Summer of Preparation and Hard Work
On August 26, Global Classrooms DC launched registration for the 2019-2020 school year – a day that the GCDC team has spent the entire summer preparing for.

Every year, the GCDC team evaluates all of the responses and feedback that schools and teachers have given throughout the year. This includes evaluations from the Model UN conferences in the fall and spring, as well as in-depth, midyear discussions that Nicole Bohannon, the Global Education Managing Director had with educators.

Armed with constructive criticism, starting in early June, GCDC goes through every activity, hand-out, and guide in the year-round program. They made all necessary changes, whether it's a typo or a more foundational issue that needs to be addressed. In addition, the GCDC Program Assistants conduct intensive research on the new topics that students will learn about for the upcoming school year. Overall, it takes all three summer months to update and publish the final materials across 8 units for the 2019-2020 school year.

In addition, the GCDC team ran a successful Model UN workshop in July 2019. The workshop's aim was to help students develop fundamental academic and life skills, and to prepare them to become active participants in Model UN simulations and global conversations. Participation in the workshop this year more than tripled, growing from 11 students last year to 36 students this year. Multiple nationalities were represented, as students from Vietnam, China, and the USA traveled to attend the three-day workshop.

Lastly, GCDC has confirmed several key partnerships that will enhance the upcoming school year for our students. For the second year in a row, GCDC will be working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). With the ILO, they will be sponsoring a topic for the Spring 2020 Model UN Conference, hosted at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization. IOM will also be sponsoring a topic for the Spring 2020 Conference, and highlighting the issue of "forced migration due to conflict".

In a new partnership, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will be sponsoring the conference, and participate in supporting students inside of the UNEP committee.

GCDC is launching into the upcoming school year with plenty of excitement! We are looking forward to the Fall Model UN Training Conference taking place on November 14, 2019 at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This year, we will be focusing on Malnutrition in a World Health Organization (WHO) committee. While hunger and malnutrition can be interconnected, they are two very different issues. One of the biggest differences is time: hunger is a temporary issue, but malnutrition is long-term issue. Malnutrition is when someone does not have access to healthy food for a long time, and the body cannot get the important nutrients it needs, causing serious health problems. Every country suffers from some form of malnutrition, whether it be obesity, stunting, overweight problems, or undernutrition. The health, social, and economic costs of malnutrition are high, but there are many possible solutions to help end malnutrition that students will debate in this committee.