MMUN: A YEAR-LONG COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE
Students (Ages 9-15) Interact Globally to Create Solutions to Current World Issues Using the Format of the United Nations
Montessori Model UN is a division of Youth For a Better World, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, recognized as an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations
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Remarkable Student Impact
Students are changed through the process of becoming an MMUN delegate. Representing a country is a very real activity for a young person, not just a simulation, and they discover that they can become active in solving real-world problems. That discovery lasts a life-time.
Immersing students in opportunities for multicultural engagement
develops global awareness, collaborative experience,
and problem-solving skills
THIS IS HOW WE GROW THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
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Engaging with each other on research
and topics instills a greater understanding
come together from a variety of cultures,
socio-economic backgrounds, and learning styles
Working with peers
from all over the world brings about awareness
of the “sameness” in human beings and
acceptance of their uniqueness
Facing real world issues
Confronting relevant and current global themes with procedures that align with the General Assembly of the United Nations exposes students to a collaborative structure for working through issues peacefully
Students practice confronting others of the
same age with their unique ideas while improving their communication skills and English language ability
The MMUN program fits any curriculum because it shares
the objective of stimulating students to learn and develop their skills
As students participate in the well-being
of their community and in fundraising activities,
their work becomes an engine of change
Parents are involved in supporting their children
and accompanying students as they pursue
a multitude of developmental objectives
Research: provides the context for which students will be operating during a conference. They develop a profile of the country they will represent and identify their country’s perspective concerning its policies.
Practice: students participate in a “working session” committee experience with other student ambassadors to learn and practice Rules of Procedure, improve their public speaking and negotiation skills, and make new friends
Writing: taking on an ambassadorial role, students develop a position on each committee topic which will address their country’s needs, and then write position papers.
Conference: at this culminating event, students participate in formal multi-day committee sessions as ambassadors of their countries where they work together to draft resolutions which will be shared with the Secretary-General of the UN.
Student delegates participate in meetups where they interact socially with peers from around the world who will be at the final conference event
Teacher and Parent Coordinators preparing students for the final conference event meetup to “check in” on preparation milestones and to exchange best practice ideas with each other
Students simulate committee procedures during practice “working sessions” on topics relevant and familiar to youth experience encouraging engagement without advance research
Delegates share their solutions within their actual committees during a culminating conference event, negotiating with others during formal and informal consultations to create consensus around a draft resolution. With the support of 30% or more of the delegations, the committee moves to a line by line review of the draft resolution.
After completion of the line by line review, the chair requests whether there are any objections to an adoption by consensus. If there are any objections, the committee moves to a vote.
The delegates vote silently and anonymously for three country delegations to represent the committee’s resolution at the Closing Ceremony. They determine their selections based on the work and spirit of certain delegations to bring the committee discussions into a draft resolution format.
The peer-selected Closing Bureaus from each committee present their resolutions and announce the results in the presence of their parents and teachers. They celebrate their collaboration in this unique moment, as well as the opportunity to have a lasting effect on the world.
The results of this experience extend beyond the experience itself: young people develop sensitivity to the problems of the world and a vocation for activism from an early age.
Children develop the awareness that they are a real resource for solving the world’s problems.
Why Our Program is Right For You
Students engage on a global level throughout the school year as they join social meetups and committee-style simulations.
Schools participate all year from nearly all continents. Connecting youths who have had unique life experiences broadens student awareness, creating understanding and compassion.
Guided by Educators
Committees are guided by experienced adults, most of whom are educators. They support from behind-the-scenes, making sure that rules are followed and all voices are heard.
Our approach models the UN as student committee members learn to work with each respectfully, constructing solutions that work for everyone rather than competing for best debate awards.
Students interested in furthering their leadership skills are invited to be mentored on a Bureau Leadership track; they will be given increased committee responsibility and roles over time.
Teachers receive support throughout the year as they integrate MMUN into their classrooms and prepare their students for committee sessions
What students say about
MMUN Conference Impact
• The Committee Atmosphere was Impactful
• Their Voices Could Be Heard
• Their Ideas Were Listened to
Said they gained knowledge about:
• How the United Nations Works
• Other Cultures & Societies
Said “MMUN has made me believe that I have become part of a global community”download the complete survey results
Said “the biggest impact of MMUN on me in terms of knowledge is learning about current issues”download the complete survey results
A small investment
goes a long way
Year-long Student Program
Online From $525. USD
Onsite From $730. USD
Develop a deeper understanding
of today’s world problems and learn that you have a voice in solving them
Spend social time with peers from other schools in meet-and-greet events and special activities
Learn how to stand out as a leader while you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Enhance your curriculum with reality-based objectives that instill learning and peaceful collaboration in your students
Facilitate year-round student engagement with peers from other schools, and promote interest in understanding other cultures and peoples
Receive support and connect with other teachers as you prepare your students for important preparation milestones throughout the year
Provide a community differentiator for your school that parents will appreciate
Expand your curriculum or extra-curricular programs
Offer new continuing education opportunities for your teachers
See the world through your child’s eyes, and bring this opportunity to your child even if it is not available at your school
Take part in our webinars about relevant topics
Observe your child during committee proceedings
We never understimate the role parents play in encouraging their children to participate in MMUN, helping them with research, and sponsoring their trips to conferences. Parents are one of the most important parts of our program.
Teacher’s role and responsibility
Teachers are our biggest allies. They not only prepare their students for committee, but also organize the group’s year-round and conference activities. Their commitment is fundamental as they comprehend the impact of MMUN on their students and continue to guide them to fulfill their passions afterward.
Different to make
The Montessori Model UN approach is consensus based. Just like the UN General Assembly, it’s about negotiation and inclusion… the real reward is finding a resolution to real-world problems. We involve students from 9 years of age because at this particular age, children begin to develop a strong sense of social justice.
GET STARTED TODAY
An MMUN Coordinator Certification Course is required for teachers or parents who are interested in guiding students through participation in our program.
Participate in your school’s MMUN program, ask your parent to become a Coordinator, or join our Delegate Prep Program and let MMUN staff guide you through the process.
Already certified adults and former delegates can dive more deeply into MMUN by learning how to assume the role of bureau members, maintaining order, managing administrative functions, and anchoring committee sessions in Montessori principles