Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN)
The MMUN Mission:
Our goal is to inspire youth. MMUN students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world. By assuming the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries, MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn the respect the cultures, the political views, and the belief system of others.
Taking on their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their UN committees will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the rights of the child, child labor, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation.
When they arrive at the MMUN Conference students transform themselves into UN Ambassadors and assume the rights and responsibilities of world leaders. Their imaginations propel them to collaboratively create resolutions to our world’s most pressing problems. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference.
MMUN Supporters Quotes:
“MMUN is a powerful experience for our Montessori young people to come together to listen, negotiate, collaborate and then offer solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems. This program is an important step toward achieving our vision of educating for world peace.”
Executive Director of AMS
"I would like to support this initiative and encourage all of you to participate; This could have far reaching impact particularly on our ESF programme. It would also promote the A to I programme in countries in which we have little presence so far."
President of AMI
MMUN Parent Quotes:
"Now my son reads the front page of the newspaper first instead of going right to the sports section."
"This has been a life changing experience for my child. "
"I never knew the depth of thought of my child until I heard her stand up and speak during Committee."
"She will never forget that she sat in the General Assembly in the seat of our Ambassador."
"I can't believe the change MMUN has made in him."
MMUN Teacher Quotes:
"We have two boys in our group that are just boys who prefer to wrestle and laugh rather than study and I thought they would never make it at MMUN, but they have both turned out to be leading voices in getting their Resolution through Committee. I can't believe the change."
"This is an incredible experience for the students. It is so much more important than any of us understood."
"This was our first year and we sent six students. Count us in for twelve for next year."
"Originally we were going to come to MMUN every other year, but once we saw the change in our students and the support of our parents, we decided to make it every year and we have never looked back. MMUN is part of our curriculum."
2013 MMUN Conference Dates:
> Geneva, Switzerland
June 5-8 Click here to register
2013 MMUN New Teacher Workshops:
> New York City, NY
June 21-23 Click here for more information
October 18-20 Click here for more information
> Fort Wayne, IN
October 25-26 Click here for more information
> Geneva, Switzerland
November 1-3 Click here for more information
2013 Summer Advanced MMUN Teacher Workshop:
> New York City
June 28-30 Click here for more information
2013 MMUN Leadership Training:
> New York City
June 24-25 Click here for more information
2014 MMUN Conference Dates:
> Midwest Regional Conference - Fort Wayne, IN
> Middle School Conference - New York City, NY
> Upper Elementary Conference - New York City, NY
Latest MMUN News
Registration is now open!
For teachers and parents that want to deepen their understanding of the UN and its top 3 work areas: Peace and Security, Human Rights, and Development, and how the UN relates to Montessori peace education. Also this workshop will instruct how to chair MMUN Committees and guide Delegates towards creating strong solutions.
The advanced workshop will be held at Georgetown University, DC on July 28th-30th, 2013.
Click here to find more information.
The New Teacher Workshop will enable you to prepare your students for the MMUN Conference. The next MMUN Workshop is June 21st-23rd, 2013. Click here for more information!
Learn more about the newest addition to the MMUN family, Geneva Switzerland!
Click here to know how you can participate in this life changing event!
The Background Guides for Geneva Conference are now available in French. Check this out!
Montessori teachers, former middle school and high school students with experience in MMUN, we invite you to join us for our next MMUN Leadership Training on June 24th and 25th, 2013!
Last month the Taliban shot and critically wounded fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai. Her cause of universal female education has resonated with children across the world.
This year, I got to run a workshop titled “How to Support Your Students in their Model UN Journey.” The goal was to show how Model UN can be a journey of leadership development that is continued through high school and college and to show how teams build and train their clubs to prepare for those conferences.....