Model United Nations
One of our most popular and exciting ECAs is the Model United Nations, affectionately known as MUN. Anyone who has seen this ECA in action cannot help but be impressed by the flurry of student activity, whether negotiating, working on resolutions or debating questions of human rights.
Every Thursday after school, students from Year 7 to Year 13 meet to take part in simulations of United Nations debates. Through discussing, debating and negotiating as their country, delegates try to find solutions to a range of problems facing the world today, including disarmament, environmental protection, economic development, youth problems, war and peace. But this is no ordinary debate...
As soon as they walk through the door of the lecture theatre, they are no longer students; they are ‘delegates.’ The delegates are organised into committees and are given a country to represent and a topic to be discussed. Before the debate beings, in-depth research must be carried out to find out more about the issues affecting their assigned country with regard to the topic in hand.
This process involves a plethora of skills, from researching, public speaking, debating and writing skills to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. As such, it is not only their speaking skills that students develop through this ECA; they also gain great insight into diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. By representing a country and a viewpoint other than their own, students become more open-minded and start to think about world issues from a truly global perspective.
In addition to the ECA, there are also conferences that students and staff attend throughout the year across KL, Southeast Asia and further afield. Conferences we have attended in previous years include Nexus MUN, Garden MUN and THIMUN (The Hague Model United Nations) in both Singapore and The Hague. In the THIMUN mission statement, it is easy to see the crossover between the MUN values and those that we uphold at Alice Smith, namely: “to promote and foster collaborative solution-oriented discussion to important issues by instilling life-long passion for improving our global community into today's youth, who will be tomorrow's leaders.”
Next year we hope to develop the MUN ECA further and attend some more high profile conferences to reflect the outstanding talent that we have in our MUN ECA so look out for those on the Enrichment Gateway next term. In the meantime, please take a look here at Giulia Habib Meriggi in action for a glimpse into the workings of an MUN conference.
If you would like to know more about the MUN at Alice Smith or would like your child to be involved in this, please get in touch with me or our current MUN Coordinator, Miss Wreathall.
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