Sister Dorothy Speaks at CSUNA
On November 26, Sister Dorothy Schweitzer was one of the speakers at the opening ceremony for the twenty-first Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly (CSUNA).
This simulation of the United Nations (UN), organized by and for high school students, took place at Toronto’s Catholic Education Centre. Over 500 students attended the two day event.
"I offer sincere congratulations to all students who have stepped up to take part," Sister Dorothy said to the assembled participants from 22 different Catholic schools in Toronto.
Over the course of two days, students acted as United Nations delegates: discussing global concerns, drafting resolutions, preparing strategies, negotiating with allies and adversaries, resolving conflicts, and acting within the UN's rules and procedures.
"By researching and familiarizing yourselves with world issues and current events," said Sister Dorothy, "you are doing your part for social justice and giving a voice to those who may not have one."
Two Grade 12 students from St. Joseph's Morrow Park Secondary School, Sofiya Saleh and Kiara Pannozzo, led the efforts to organize this event. For the last 20 years, their school has led the annual planning for CSUNA.
"It's an educational experience that not only broadens academic horizons," said Sofiya, "but also creates an opportunity to connect with those who share similar goals. All staff, students and guests that participate in CSUNA work in solidarity for a better tomorrow."
Learn more about the Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly at www.csuna.org.