Model United Nations (MUN)
Model United Nations is a relatively new activity at Woodbridge, but it has become extremely popular with students wishing to get involved with international current affairs. MUN conferences attempt to imitate the real UN, but the entire event is managed by and for students. Delegates are assigned a country and a list of topics on the agenda which can range from the question of the rights of the unborn child, to the issues in Tibet. Students research these topics from the perspective of their allocated country, and then they work to produce a resolution that will tackle one of the problems. At the conference the students lobby for support and attempt to get their resolutions passed through their committees (such as the Human Rights Committee or the Security Council) and then through the General Assembly.
Participants attend the annual MUN conference and with it, the opportunity to travel internationally – most recently to conferences at St Andrew’s College, Dublin and in Paris. There are also several more local conferences throughout the year where students can develop their debating skills.
Success in Model United Nations relies heavily on preparation, so there are weekly meetings where students research their countries or topics, prior to practicing their skills in live debate.
Taking part in a Model United Nations conference is a truly unique experience. It develops research and debating skills, as well as building confidence in public speaking and persuasion. It provides students with the opportunity to meet people from schools all over the world and understand more about their role in solving some of the world’s problems.