To MUN or not to MUN?

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It’s the beginning of a new semester and as students ponder what creative activity they should join, because of its popularity, the question ‘why should I join MUN?’ emerges again.

While it is necessary to point out that choosing to take part in this activity implies hard work, the learning that accompanies the experience meets no measure. Moreover, if justifications are sought, and one wants to reaffirm the competencies and skills MUN allows learners to develop, every student who becomes genuinely involved and engaged in MUN practices will realize that the experience actually transcends the emulation of the United Nation.

Let us look at the Approaches to Learning MYP and DP students need to develop, enhance and master:

Involvement in MUN, if done properly, guarantees the development of thinking, communication, collaboration, and research skills. Delivering a successful opening speech requires very specific oral communication skills in order for it to be solid and infallible; writing and developing a concrete and optimal resolution requires the execution of the finest writing communication skills. Moreover, being efficacious when lobbing, includes the ability to listen, deliver messages in a concise and meaningful manner, as well as to negotiate, build teams, alliances and achieve consensus with like-minded people. And if that is not convincing enough, after learning to speak the ‘MUN lingo’, language teachers will certainly notice skills in subordinating ideas, in using sophisticated vocabulary and will most certainly appreciate the competencies (ability to analyze, summarize, evaluate, compare and contrast, among others) participants will possess if they are able to transfer the way they perform in MUN to the classroom.

Learning in the present is an experience where individuals need to be motivated as they choose, focus, define, assess and consolidate the understandings they develop; hence, people must be in constant search of opportunities where they can test the information learned in the classroom, where they iterate and learn by challenging different points of view. Maybe Tony Wagner can further support these points as he points out the 7 essential skills of the present.

Thus, in brief, 3 simple, good reasons to join MUN are:
1. It’s a fun way of learning about the world. In this era of globalization, being globally aware is more important than ever. Also, having fun makes it easier to learn something and more likely to stick.
2. It develops leadership skills. MUN is an exercise in research, public speaking, and teamwork. These are skills need throughout everyone’s career, and MUN gives a chance to practice them while being a student.
3. MUNNERS will also develop a network of from within the MUN club and people they’ve met at conferences, which means that they will automatically be a part of decisions being made, and will have the chance to demonstrate what they are capable of doing with what they know in collaboration with individuals that might as well help to triplicate their potential.

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About Rafael Angel

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instructor Independent Trainer. Concept-Based Foreign Language Curriculum and Instruction specialist. Teaching and Learning Director; lives for traveling, reading, learning and tasting new flavours; culture and art lover; passionate about cinema and music. IB MYP, DP Workshop Leader. Mexican YouTuber and Soundclouder.
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