8th Graders Participating in International MMUN Conference
Later this month, the MMS Model United Nations team (MMUN) is set to take their yearly trip to New York City for the MMUN Conference. Each year, this conference serves as a way for members of Model UN from various Montessori schools to come together as they represent countries, act as leaders, and discuss various pressing world issues. For MMS, the Model UN team consists of eleven 8th grade students. The group is split into two separate countries—Benin and Mozambique.
Before the trip, members—called “delegates”—spend the school year preparing a final position paper on their assigned country, which they get the opportunity to discuss and present at the conference. MMS representative Quinn Hughes has been chosen as one of the few representatives to read aloud his editorial piece to the entire group. “I’m excited for the trip to New York City and to meet other MMUN students from other schools,” Quinn adds.
Students learn about the economics, politics, warfare, scientific advancements, among many other aspects of life in their simulation countries. In order to participate in the Model UN conference, students had to have completed the preparation and acceptance of their position papers within an established deadline.
During the four-day conference, students will formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference. Students represent different UN committees, which are based upon the actual UN agenda topics. When they arrive at the conference, students transform themselves into UN Ambassadors and assume the rights and responsibilities of world leaders.
Thousands of other schools will be joining MMS in New York City for the event, featuring all Montessori schools with the exception of a group of students travelling from China. The conference will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Upon arrival, the opening ceremony will kick-off the conference where each group will hold and display their country’s flag. Throughout the conference, students will have the chance to learn about each group and meet other delegates.
On the last day of the Conference the MMS Model UN Team will come together with all of the other teams. Here, students will formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world. Afterwards, voting will take place on the resolutions. This allows members to learn how to delegate, listen to opposing views, and come to an agreement.
Throughout the conference, the group plans to do plenty of sight-seeing around the city—including heading to the Statue of Liberty, walking through China Town and Little Italy, and also checking out local museums and the Empire State Building.
Good luck to the entire MMUN team at the Conference, and enjoy the many sites of New York City!