Model United Nations
Model United Nations, which we refer to as MUN, gives our students a chance to practice many of the skills that will let them succeed both now and in the future. Whether it’s doing the in-depth research of a country study or passionately debating their resolution about a hot-button world issue, these students are learning how to be successful in classes and in life. Researching, writing, speaking, and debating are just part of the process though. Students also make use of all of their higher order thinking skills to come up with new and creative ways to solve world problems. Additionally, they develop their diplomacy and leadership skills through compromise and consensus building.
What is MUN? Simply put, it is a simulation of how United Nations committees work. The student “delegates,” as they’re called, are assigned a specific country or organization. They role-play as the actual UN representative of that country, attempting to truly reflect that country’s position on world issues. These specific issues are given to them in advance, so that they can be exhaustively researched. Delegates then determine their positions and write resolutions – formal, detailed descriptions of what they want other UN member countries to agree to. These resolutions are then informally discussed, amended, and ultimately, brought to the floor for debate. This debate is done in a formal, parliamentary style.
The students usually travel to another country, where they meet students from other countries and debate current events going on in the world today.