On May 31, fifth- and sixth-grade students gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) for the 42nd Annual Embassy Adoption Program Mini United Nations. The Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) is a partnership between the Washington Performing Arts Society and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) that is designed to offer students a unique global and cultural education program. The World Trade Center Washington, DC, (WTCDC) has also been a partner in hosting the program for many years.
This year, more than 500 DCPS students from all eight wards of DC convened to debate and draft resolutions relating to climate change and natural disaster relief.
Each spring, the EAP pairs over 80 embassies and global partners to more than 2,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students from DCPS classrooms. Each participating classroom of students has a partner embassy or diplomatic entity for a series of cultural exchange activities throughout the school year. Teachers prepare students throughout the year, with the help of embassy and global representatives, to discuss issues relating to climate change and natural disaster relief, as well as core values of the classroom’s adopted country or region. Then, teachers select six student delegates to attend the Mini UN to represent their adopted country or region and their class at the event. The student delegates prepare and defend resolutions for addressing climate change and natural disaster relief based on their adopted country’s positions.