Maria Montessori believed in the power of education when she said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
After much preparation, 21 Upper Elementary students from Hudson Montessori school participated in the Montessori Model United Nations held in New York March 13- 17, 2018.
What is MMUN?
The Montessori Model United Nation (MMUN) is a simulation of actual UN Committees with students assuming the roles of Country Delegates. The students are assigned a country other than their own to represent at the MMUN General Assembly. Students research a country’s history, culture and political situation in order to represent the country’s political stand and interests. The delegates are then assigned to a committee with topics addressing current world problems or issues. They are required to write and submit a position paper on behalf of their country.
Once at the conference, delegates deliver an opening speech to address all delegates and present their country’s position. The delegates then discuss, deliberate, and debate their various positions. Their goal is to come to a consensus through formal and informal consultations.
Hudson Montessori Students at the 2018 MMUN Conference
As committee meetings began on Thursday morning at the NY Marquis Hotel, our students immediately took on a leadership role in their assigned committee sessions. With representatives of Cuba, Finland, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates, our delegates tackled big, real-world problems including topics of terrorism, nuclear disarmament, and the arms race in outer space.
Our delegates wrote and delivered introductory speeches, created display boards about their countries, and compiled a binders full of researched information and materials they thought may be useful in negotiations with other students.
Here is one of our students we captured in action! Click MMUN Speech.
The Hudson Montessori School team practiced debating, negotiating, and collaborating on written resolutions to problems. These resolutions were then delivered and passed on the last day when students are given the rare opportunity to sit in the General Assembly Room at the New York United Nation’s headquarter.
The trip was not all work – the students enjoyed “Cultural Night” on Thursday evening. Our students presented a dance performance titled “Atoms for Peace” inspired by President Eisenhower’s speech at the 1956 General Assembly.
Click ATOMS FOR PEACE to watch their performance!
On Friday, our students had the opportunity to interact with other delegates from around the world during “Social Night” as they were treated to dance music played by their favorite DJs, Amira and Kayla. Other active artist and musicians who celebrated the evening with them included Angie Rose – “A Latina from the Bronx with fire in her voice and unstoppable soul”, Ephniko, a bilingual independent songwriter, and Meridith O’Connor, an anti-bullying, Disney star, Youth Ambassador for United Nations Project 50/50 and the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY.
MMUN’s missions is to promote and to encourage understanding and acceptance of the world’s people, cultures, beliefs, and values by creating conferences that model the United Nations and other international forums. The importance of cooperation on a global scale is the World Economic Forum’s focus this year: Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, creating a case for renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges. Our students were challenged to show the world how they can lead in cooperation.
“We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi