Mount Madonna School is pleased to offer a comprehensive Model United Nations program, starting in upper elementary and extending into the middle and high school. The topics to be explored through MUN will include a deep focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), linking current curriculum and community service to the broader Model UN program.
Model United Nations is a role-playing simulation that has popular appeal around the world. Students assume the role of a foreign diplomat and work with their peers to develop broad consensus-based solutions to pressing global issues. In the process, students learn hard academic skills such as high-level research, policy and resolution drafting and public speaking. Students also learn the art of consensus building and persuasive argumentation. Model UN is also a very social activity, making it an exciting way for young people to make friends and networks around shared interests.
Students in grades 4 and 5 begin their MUN journey through age-appropriate topics and activities that build their capacity to think critically about complex issues. Grade 4 and 5 will hold small monthly debates using Model UN Rules of Procedure, developing their public speaking skills through scaffolded activities, and will work collaboratively to develop solutions to regional and global problems. Topics will often align with current classroom units, enhancing Mount Madonna’s lower school curriculum.