AISM MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues like drafting resolutions, delivering speeches, negotiating with allies or resolving conflicts. The process involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Its main objective is to create a stronger awareness of global issues among children and give them a chance to make new friends from around the world.
By participating in MUN, your knowledge of the world will increase tremendously as you represent a country at a global level and interact with other delegates representing other countries. As a delegate, you will be required to research your allotted countries in-depth and analyze their foreign policies.
A MUN involves meeting new people, interacting with unfamiliar faces, working in teams to develop resolutions to assigned tasks, and expressing views in a self-assured manner. From discussions, debates, and resolutions made during the MUN, the entire experience will serve to boost your confidence.
At its core, MUN is based on problem-solving skills, as it places you at the center of an organization designated to resolving global issues. Therefore, problem-solving is a skill that you will have to hone from the beginning, learning how to identify the key components of a topic, determining factors to be kept in mind while deciding on the solution, and putting it all together to come up with a final resolution that satisfies all concerned countries.
Developing efficient public speaking skills takes practice, and the MUN provides an ideal platform where you can explore and improve your capabilities. Public speaking is an integral part of the MUN, as you express your views and debate in front of an audience.
There is a hefty amount of writing involved, including writing for speeches, writing position papers on the topic given for resolution, and writing the resolution itself. Each writing piece involves research and analysis and will serve to groom your writing skills, a useful skill for college and professional life.
The independence, challenges, and teamwork will surely serve to enhance your leadership skills, as you take charge as a representative of a real-world country. You will be encouraged to take decisions and work out solutions as a leader for the country.
Possibility of Travel/Networking
If you participate in Model UN, there is also the possibility of traveling to new countries. Model UN conferences are held around the world. You can get the added benefits of exploring a new place and culture, as well as meeting students from other countries.
For an overview of MUN, please check out: https://www.un.org/en/mun
AISM-MUN Membership Requirements
To qualify for membership:
An applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum ‘B’ average in all core subjects
Demonstrate good behavior and is willing to do research and participate in public speaking
Submit a brief statement of interest via email stating why you want to become a MUN member to Ms. Ramonah Gibson (email@example.com)
Submit a recommendation letter from a former or present teacher
AISM MUN Speaker Series
The AISM-MUN Speaker Series
The AISM-MUN Speaker Series is geared towards having distinguished speakers share with our grades 6 - 11 students their backgrounds, experiences and perspectives on a wide variety of topics centered around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations. The SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. Below are some past and notable speakers.
SDG#3 - Good Health and Well-being
Topic: The Impact of Pandemics and Other Outbreaks Globally and Locally
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other. COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. A few years ago, Ebola wreaked havoc across countries in West Africa, leaving families suffering and economies shattered. Our aim is for students to understand these realities and become aware that they have a major role to play in the recovery process.
Speaker: Faith Cooper - Country Director, International Rescue Committee, Liberia
SDG#4 - Quality Education
Topic: Growth Mindset - You Are More Than Enough
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. However, in order for this to be achieved, we need to inculcate a growth mindset in our students. We should help our students understand that their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others. They should aim to be self-efficacious, and believe that they are more than enough!
Speaker: Ms. Shoana Cachelle - Entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and brand strategist.
SDG#10 - Reduced Inequalities
Topic: Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
Reducing inequalities and ensuring no one is left behind are integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern. We not only want our students to discuss these issues, but they must play their part in ensuring that each and every citizen of this world receives the liberties and freedoms guaranteed to them by the Declaration of Human Rights.
Speaker: Madame President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Former President of the Republic of Liberia