MMUN was originally launched to celebrate the Montessori centenary by having student delegates at the United Nations create resolutions to world problems through collaboration, critical thinking and compassion. We thought at that time that the MMUN Conference would be a one-time event, but 400 delegates and 30 teachers convinced us that students 9 to 15 years of age are deeply concerned about global issues and want to find their voice to make a better world.
Now, nearly an adolescent itself, MMUN has reached out to students on every continent and empowered nearly 40,000 students to make a difference. That reach has triggered corresponding growth within the MMUN organization. As the founder of MMUN, I am more and more involved in the development of MMUN internationally. As a result, my new role is one of Strategic Development Officer with the goal of developing MMUN clubs and conferences internationally and regionally around the world, so that we can reach even more teachers, students and parents. Interest in new MMUN opportunities in progress now extend to India, Australia and Canada. I will also be responsible for developing the Youth Impact Forum which will provide MMUN-ers an opportunity to move beyond awareness to implementation.
MMUN is now managed by Francesca Forestieri as Executive Director. Since 2014, Francesca has been a volunteer advisor to MMUN, helping to guide the organization’s focus on sustainable programs, internal structure and growth management. She has over 20 years of experience in coordinating international initiatives, bringing together public administrations, research institutes, and industry toward achieving common goals. Francesca has worked extensively with the European Commission, as well as other international, national and local entities. As a Montessori graduate, herself, and the mother of a Montessori child, she embraces Montessori’s vision of education for peace.
Founder of MMUN