Dear Teacher Coordinators,
The speeches are over, the resolutions have been drafted and voted on, and the school year is coming to a close. The MMUN experience is more than just a single event, and so we would like to share some ideas of what you can still do even now that this season of conferences has ended.
Keep in mind that the best spokespersons for the MMUN are the students who have already participated. If fundraising or gaining support from parents and administration is challenging for you, look no further than the students who have already gone through the process successfully. Nothing is more convincing of the impact and relevance of MMUN than hearing directly from a former participant. Now is the moment to ask your students to conduct a short interview of participants, or have your delegates write some testimonials. These can be like gold when it comes to gaining momentum to continue to build your MMUN program.
Take a moment to review the entire process and try to understand where students may have needed more preparation and how long you spent on each step. There are so many moving pieces as you prepare for a conference, whether educating about the UN, researching a country and topic, or practicing for the committee session. Perhaps there is a more effective balance between all the relevant information. If many of your position papers were returned, that’s a sign that the research aspect could have been more robust. If your delegates struggled to communicate during committee session, you might find it useful to spend more time practicing with easy topics in class using MMUN protocol. Of course, every teacher does some of this anyway, but jotting down some notes for yourself while the experience and the art of the MMUN process is still clear in your mind is a good idea.
Make a year e-book out of your memories from this year’s conference. Compile all of your pictures, position papers, opening speeches, and resolutions into one binder. It’s a great way to keep track of all the preparation, moments, and experiences each year at MMUN brings us.
Finally, are any of your students especially interested in MMUN, but moving on to high school next year? Perhaps they would like to become more involved and serve on our bureau with their fellow delegates from the past. We offer leadership training workshops every year to support our conferences and keep the MMUN family growing.
We really can’t do it without all your hard work and support. So from everyone here at MMUN, thank you for your dedication and continued belief that global citizenship and engaged youth are key to this moment in our history.
Director of Training