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.
In 2022-23, Mount Madonna School will host two MUN conferences: a One Day Training Conference (ODTC) in October and a two-day MUN conference in the spring. Both events are open to middle and high school students from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. The MUN program is a student-driven initiative, providing additional leadership opportunities to host meaningful MUN events for their peers in the region.
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 6-8 will have expanded opportunities to learn Model UN and participate in the school’s own Model UN conferences, as well as to travel to local conferences. Global issues of greater complexity will be taught and MUN will be an extension of the social studies program. Students will also be offered the opportunity to mentor the Junior Diplomats, taking on increasing leadership roles, including chairing debates and mentoring younger delegates. There will be an additional focus on community action and outreach that aligns with the topics under investigation.