Dana Hall’s partnership with the Tokyo Jogakkan School has expanded, as the Japanese girls school prepares to launch a Model UN program. The two schools also share students in an annual exchange program.
Juniors from Jogakkan's international class will be participating in their first ever on-campus Model UN simulation in early September. In June, DH Model UN coach and Social Studies teacher Heather Panahi traveled to Japan to meet the students and work with teachers in preparation for their upcoming simulation.
On August 3 Jogakkan School students had a chance to meet with some of Dana Hall's past and present MUNers. Anna Ferrazzi '19, Spencer Babcock '17, Nina Kosowsky '17, Jackie Hayre-Perez '17 and Nora Panahi '15 helped lead their Jogakkan counterparts through some short public speaking exercises before answering questions about the benefits of engaging in the Model UN program. The visit ended with a friendly picnic in the Saliba Courtyard.
In September, Dana Hall alumnae and former MUN team members Jen Lorthe '12 and Mary Fulham '13 will travel to Tokyo to chair the Jogakkan simulation. “Dana Hall and TJK already have a wonderful student exchange relationship,” said Heather Panahi. “My TJK colleagues and I are excited about this new connection being made and the opportunities it will yield in the coming years."
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