The International Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) program is coming to the UAE, nine years after being launched.
Held for the first time in the Middle Eastern region, the program targets elementary students from the ages of 9 to 15 and is a replication of the United Nations multi-bodies, such as the General Assembly and World Health Organization (WHO). The event will take place in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi between January 31 and February 10.
MMUN was originally established by Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician and world renowned educator. The program focuses on educating young students about current global affairs and engaging them in the problem solving of international issues.
“Our program is different from other MUN programs because it is the only UN certified program that targets elementary students,” says Menon.
Every year, Model United Nations (MUN) programs take place in almost every high school across the region. Teachers are pre-trained to help students lead a model UN conference. Students are also trained beforehand. Each student is given a country and UN body to represent. Students are then given background material about their topic to study and review.
“The program has three stages,” says Almas Menon, one of the leaders responsible for the UAE event. “The first stage is the PCC training program in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There, the first two days are dedicated to training teachers and require no fee. The next three days are the simulation and closing ceremonies.”
For the students, the UAE event registration fee is $350. ”The conference fees include the certificate fee and the fee for the trainers that come in to train,” says Menon.
In the second stage of the program, students have the chance to participate in International Conferences. The event also takes place in the UAE, where the best students have the opportunity to Chair at the opening sessions in the New York or Geneva conferences. The latter makes for the third and final stage of the program.