This week our students returned from their annual trip to the MMUN in New York City. This Montessori Model UN Conference is a four-day event where students learn to formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world.
Students represent simulation countries in different UN Committees, (based upon the actual UN Agenda Topics for the year) and have to cooperate in the definition and drafting of resolutions to global problems. Students learn about multi-lateral diplomacy, negotiation skills based upon cooperation (not competition) for complex international policies. MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn to respect cultures, political views, and beliefs of others.
Three students from Riverbend were voted to speak about their resolutions by their own committee team members, which were comprised of students from all of the visiting programs. Schools from every continent (except Antarctica) were present. Some of the countries include Azerbaijan, China, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Chile, Nigeria, Cayman Islands, and Australia.
Students got to present and vote on all of the resolutions in the real United Nations General Assembly building on the final day.