The Mission Montessori Academy (MMA) has made a commitment to the philosophies and focus of the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) by creating a position of Director of Global Studies. We at Mission feel that our relationship with the MMUN has strengthened our vision of teaching our students to be functioning members of a global community and we are committed to bring all we learn by our participation in MMUN back to our state. We believe in action and application.
Participation in MMUN
Participation yearly in the New York City MMUN conference and the international MMUN conferences, provides our students with an opportunity to learn, listen, collaborate and problem solve with other members of their generation who see the world from another perspective. These conferences are a chance to participate in global team building.
MMA began participating in the Montessori Model United Nations in the Fall of 2011. At our first NYC conference, students represented the small island nation of Tuvalu. Since representing Tuvalu, students have represented Sweden and Italy in NYC. The following spring, a group of middle school students participated in the Geneva, Switzerland Conference and represented The Russian Federation and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In November 2014, MMA students participated n a conference focusing on Environmental Sustainability in Zhengzhou, China where they represented Argentina. In 2015, MMA students attended conferences in NYC and Rome, Italy. Twenty-eight students attended the March 2015 conference in NYC where the students represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. We culminated the end of the 2014-2015 school year by attending the MMUN Rome conference held at the Universita Di Roma. In November 2015, students will be attending the inaugural IYES ( International Youth Earth Summit) in NY where 400 students from around the world will work together to develop action plans focused on sustainability and implement their plans in Arizona. In 2016, there will be MMUN conferences in Dubai, NYC, Santiago, Chile and Rome.
Mission students have excelled at these conferences.
MMA students have been asked to participate in the MMUN Leadership program and in Rome 2015 we saw our first student on the dais in a United Nations Committee. At the Rome conference, five MMA students were asked to represent their committee and read their resolution in the final assembly at the Food and Agricultural Organization. On a personal level, each student has found success. They have shared ideas, listened to opposing points of view, collaborated and problem solved. The skills learned, the friendships made and the experiences shared will last a lifetime.
In summary, the MMUN program is an opportunity for children to experience the task of building a peaceful world. By participating in MMUN students will share ideas with students from every continent and problem solve to find solutions to global issues. MMUN creates global citizens. By attending MMUN, children will find their voice and their humanity
Student quotes from MMUN experience
Student after attending the 2012 NYC Conference; “Now I know what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
Student delegate to UNICEF, ” Working in my committee taught me to follow my heart and listen to my own voice.”
Student commenting on their issue, Children in Armed Conflict, “When I first got my issue, I didn’t even know what it meant. Now I follow the UN News Center and my committee and it makes me feel proud.”
“Brava, now you know more than half the people in the world,” Professor Salvatore Zappalá, Legal Counsel to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, to one of our students at our meeting at the Mission [when he asked her if she knew the difference between a refugee, internally displaced person and an asylum seeker] and she did.
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