MMUN is an acronym for the Montessori Model United Nations Conference. The MMUN Conference is held every year and is international. Montessori students come from all over the world for the opportunity to simulate the role of an ambassador, representing an assigned member state (not their own!) on a topic currently in front of the United Nations.
A hallmark of the Upper Elementary (4th-6th grades) experience at The Glen, the MMUN Conference is the culmination of a year-long research project that focuses on an assigned United Nations Member State(s). Each student researches and prepares to take on an ambassador’s role and represent their country to resolve problems between countries and cultures. Specific topics for research are taken directly from the United Nation’s Agenda, identified by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This research is completed with attendance at the MMUN Conference, traditionally in New York City at the United Nations. Students have the opportunity to debate their topics, as an ambassador would, with students from around the world representing other countries. Through this year-long experience, students become deeply engaged in critical and contemporary world issues while developing reading, research, critical thinking, writing, oral presentation skills, and much more.
A special thanks to Upper Elementary Students Mira and Andrew for supplying the information for this post!
The Glen’s Upper Elementary students are once again planning to attend the MMUN Conference in New York City at the United Nations headquarters. They have been selected to represent the United Nations Member States of Denmark, Greece, Norway, and Malta! Over the next several months, students will research, write opinion papers, and prepare oral arguments. Look for updates as the year progresses!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The MMUN conference remained remote for a second year with a renewal of the same countries and issues covered in 2020. Due to this repetition, The Glen’s Upper Elementary students took on a new challenge related to equity and inclusion: leading The Glen in efforts to become designated as a No Place for Hate school with the Anti-Defamation League. Look for a summary of their activities here.
The Glen’s Upper Elementary students decided to attend the Chicago conference this year for a new experience. Unfortunately, due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, students could not attend in person but had the real-world experience attending an international conference remotely. Students represented Iran, Iraq, China, and Cyprus and expressed their assigned country’s interest in overfishing, deforestation, and women’s rights.
Glen students researched Egypt, Greece, Palau, and Sudan and presented opinion papers on food scarcity, fair trade, elimination of racism, and xenophobia. The image at the top of the page is one of our 4th graders, presenting her committee’s resolution while representing on the stage of the United Nations General Assembly Hall during the MMUN closing ceremonies in New York City.