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Old Dominion University's Model League of Arab States will host its Ninth Annual Model League of Arab States High School Conference March 15-16 at Webb University Center.

The Model Arab League is a simulation of the League of Arab States. Students assume the role of Arab diplomats, engaging in discussions and debates to achieve consensus within a committee on issues which Arab leaders address every day. The conference will feature five committees: Political Affairs, Economic Affairs, Socio-Cultural Affairs, Security Affairs and Palestinian Affairs. Through their participation, students will develop public speaking, debate, critical thinking and diplomatic skills. The role-playing exercise is designed to stimulate creativity and enhance knowledge of the Arab world.

"Through role-playing in a realistic setting, students gain a broader understanding of the Arab world and its important role in regional and world affairs," said John Duke Anthony, president and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab States. "Moreover, by enhancing the leadership skills students need to communicate their ideas more effectively, the Model helps to raise awareness of the importance of improved U.S.- Arab relations."

The program is sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab States, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the League of Arab States Information Center.

The following local high schools are slated to participate: Salem, Kellam, Norview, Warwick, Grafton, Norfolk Collegiate, Tabb, Kecoughtan and Richmond Community.

For more information on the conference call 683-3828.

This article was posted on: March 13, 2002

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